Innovation Vouchers

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Innovation Vouchers

With the exception of the Innovate UK voucher scheme, the following provides information to companies and social enterprises based in Scotland that require financial support to work with a Scottish academic institution. 

The voucher schemes mostly operate on an always open basis, any periodic or special call deadlines will however be noted on the specific scheme. If you would like to find out more about these schemes, or about services, facilities and expertise at the University of Aberdeen, e-mail us.

Innovate UK Innovation Vouchers 
The Innovate UK Innovation Voucher scheme enables your business to obtain help from universities, further education colleges, Research & Technology Organisations, technical consultancies and Catapults, design advisers and intellectual property advisers. Any micro, small or medium enterprise located anywhere in the UK is eligible. Calls are issued around priority areas with four deadlines per year.

Scottish Funding Council Innovation Vouchers 
Scottish Universities can offer Scottish based SMEs up to £5,000 towards University project costs in a collaborative project. Your company must match the voucher contribution in cash/in-kind or a mix. All market sectors. For new partnerships only.

Scottish Funding Council Follow-on Voucher 
For Scottish SMEs who wish to continue to collaborate from a completed £5,000 voucher project, or enter into a new partnership at the same or different university, this voucher contributes up to £20,000 to University costs. The company partner must match the voucher contribution in cash. 

Horizon Europe SME Engagement Scheme
The Horizon Europe SME Engagement Scheme is aimed at supporting Scottish based SMEs to explore the opportunities of the European Horizon funding and apply for particular schemes or calls under it, with the assistance of a Scottish university.

Student Placement Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 to fund a PhD or Masters student to work within your organisation on a clearly defined project and continue the development of a Standard Innovation Voucher award. The company must have suitable premises to host a student for the duration of the project.