The Infrastructure Sector

The world is becoming more urbanised and integrated than ever before, with infrastructure within our living environment becoming increasingly important, including systems for the reduction of emissions and increasing of power generation.

The smart infrastructure and resilient systems market will be worth £1.2tn by 2025 and will have a significant effect on the future of the UK economy. As part of this market, there are numerous opportunities for disruptive innovations that will improve quality of life, ensure sustainable economic growth and reduce environmental impact.

Innovation within infrastructure systems often sees the integration of numerous technology fields to create intelligent and sustainable mobility for urban systems and low-carbon energy solutions. The use of digital (specifically IoT), communications, and sensors have led to advances in urban connectivity and more is to follow.

Current funding for infrastructure systems is prioritised for projects focused on smart infrastructure, urban living, energy (energy systems, nuclear fission, and offshore wind) and connected transport. The goal, to stimulate innovation that provides critical services for the UK economy, environment and society.

Grant Funding Priorities

EU and UK grant funders are looking to support businesses operating in:

  • Smart infrastructure – Smart infrastructure solutions will bring the digital and physical worlds together. They must add intelligence to physical infrastructure, or the design process, to improve whole-life cost or performance resilience, security or sustainability
  • Urban living – An urban living solution must address challenges citizens face in urban areas. It must cover more than one urban infrastructure system and provide significant improvements in costs and user experience. Urban infrastructure systems include energy, transport, waste, water, communication, security, justice, health, wellbeing, social care and education, green spaces, and waterways.
  • Energy supply and systems – Projects that improve value proposition, energy affordability, and security, and reduce emissions in Energy Supply or Energy Systems.
  • Connected transport – Solutions that move people and goods more efficiently, and make transport more secure, user-centric and accessible. In particular capacity and congestion, accessible and safe transport and sustainability.

Working with Granted

At Granted we have worked with some of the UK’s most inventive entrepreneurs, seeking to tackle infrastructure challenges, including Gleeds, a leading global property and construction consultancy and various FE / HE organisations to deliver cutting-edge training facilities.

Whether you are a start-up or a large company, Granted have a long history of writing grant applications for innovative organisations. Our dedication to supporting exciting businesses in unlocking their goals, means we strive to stay up to date with the latest developments across a number of industries and apply this knowledge with our expertise in crafting compelling funding applications.

If you have an innovative business in this sector and want to explore the potential for grant funding, we would like to support you in unlocking your goals.

To understand how we work, please see our services page.

Featured funding opportunities

Below are just some of the current funding opportunities. Please contact us to see if there are others.

Planning rail capacity through automated infrastructure design

Summary This competition aims to encourage the development of products… Read more »

SBRI first of a kind round 2: demonstrating tomorrow’s stations and a greener railway

Summary The aim of this competition is to demonstrate how… Read more »

BEIS: Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

Summary The IEEA is a funding programme designed to support… Read more »

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