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University of Hull

Funded until 2022 by

European Regional Development Fund

Innovation | R&D | Low Carbon

“With a fund of over £13.5m, we’re helping SMEs accomplish their ambitions”

It starts with a Spark

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SparkFund Team

You’ve got great ideas and ambition to take the next step in business;

we’ve got three match-funding schemes and expert advice to help you do just that.

SparkFund is an innovation support and grants programme that will help you to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes. If you’re a small to medium sized business in the Humber, York, North Yorkshire region with aspirations to move forward, you’re in the right place.

  • What is match funding?

    Match funding is the financial contribution SMEs must make towards the innovation or research project. That amount is then matched by SparkFund.

  • How does it work?

    SparkFund works with SMEs to procure the support needed to deliver their project through a tendering process.

  • How can I benefit?

    The benefits of SparkFund go beyond its financial contribution. SMEs achieve a real impact through connecting with our innovation Managers.

  • Am I eligible?

    The best way to find out if your innovation project could be eligible is to enquire now

Whatever you invest, SparkFund could match it.

  • Innovation Vouchers

    Can help you make a critical change to the way you work, how you operate your business or how you create new products.

    “The funding means we now have incredibly rich data at the touch of a button.”

    Sam Barlow BEM

    Fitmums & Friends

    Read more about Innovation Vouchers

  • R&D Grants

    Provide support towards the revenue of costs of your business carrying out research and development which will move your business forward.

    “The grant helped us launch our product ahead of our European competition.”

    Simon Chacksfield

    SG Technical Systems

    Read more about R&D Grants

  • Low Carbon R&D Grants

    If you’ve got greener business ambitions or want to develop a product that will help others to cut their carbon footprint we’ll support them.

    “The funding has given us an 18 month head start on our R&D, resulting in new jobs.”

    Tony White

    Fast Form Systems

    Read more about Low Carbon R&D Grants

Contact the team and see how SparkFund can boost your business

Enquire now

Procurement opportunities

ID - IVS/122/P178

Bespoke CRM & TMS system for the CATCH Business

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business would like to commission the services of a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to deliver a bespoke CRM & TMS systemDeadline for responses 12 noon on 23 O...

ID - IVS/124/P188

IVS/124 - Bespoke Software Solution

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business is seeking to appoint a suitable single supplier to develop a bespoke software package for a commercial gym.  Please note; This deadline has now been extended to ...

ID - IVS/131-P192

P192 - Major New Modules and Integrations to Third Party Applications

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business is seeking to appoint a suitable single supplier for the development of Major New Modules and Integrations to Third Party Applications.  Interested parties should...

ID - IVS/135-P194

P194 - Patent & Design Protection

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business is seeking to appoint a suitable single supplier for to support with Patent & Design Protection. This opportunity is specifically to support drafting of potential...

ID - IVS/133-P195

P195 - Full Colour Label Printing Solution

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business is seeking to appoint a suitable single supplier for the purchase of a Full Colour Label Printing Solution suitable for the Horticultural industry.Interested part...

ID - IVS/136/P196

P196 - Improvement of Operational Processes (Multiple Lots)

Brief DescriptionA SparkFund Business is seeking to appoint a one or more suppliers to support improvement of operation processes. This exercise is broken down into 4 lots and suppliers are invited to...