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Funded until 2023 by

European Regional Development Fund

R&D grants

SparkFund is now closed for new enquiries.

203 businesses have accessed a share of £10.8m to spark innovation and growth, with help from SparkFund.

We'd like to thank everyone who has supported the Programme over the last 6 years, including our voluntary Awards Panel.

If your business would like to find out how the University of Hull can provide support, please email


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What is R&D?

Businesses invest in R&D (research and development) because they want to grow by developing new products or services or by improving existing ones.

R&D leads to new ideas, new information and new understanding that can be used to solve a problem – driving innovation and helping you to remain competitive.

Discover the power of R&D funding

Whether your idea is about undertaking technical proof of concept or research into your next product breakthrough, you’re in the right place.

The benefits of SparkFund go beyond its financial contribution. You could achieve real impact through connecting with our Innovation Managers – they can work with you to shape your R&D ideas, complete successful funding applications and access experts and specialist knowledge to deliver your ambition.

What’s more when you invest we could match it with up to £50k of support.

If you’re a small or medium sized enterprise you could be closer than you think to getting the funding and expertise to turn your discoveries into industry shaping innovations.

Exciting research idea?

Talk to us today. Don't miss out, the deadline to apply is fast approaching.

Am I eligible?

SparkFund can help small or medium size enterprises (SME) that are based, or planning to locate, in the Humber or York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Areas.


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