Innovation Grants

There are a range of grants available to North East businesses across the region, including the Innovation SuperNetwork Grant.

We’ve also brought together a list of other innovation grants available to regional SMEs. Take a look below for more information, or contact us for a discussion on which grants may suit you best.

Our ERDF funded project is providing a limited number of grants to help innovative SMEs in the North East LEP area bring new products and services to market, or innovative processes to their business.

The grants provide a 40% contribution up to a maximum if £4,000 to projects totalling up to £10,000.

Find out more about whether you’re eligible and get grant guidance here.

To apply for a grant, submit an expression of interest here.

Innovation Grants for North East Businesses


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for an Innovation SuperNetwork grant your business must be:

  • a Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (SME),
  • a registered business,
  • based in the NELEP area,
  • not be in financial difficulty and comply with State Aid rules.

New Innovation Grants Available

A new £1.5m grant fund has been launched by the North of Tyne Combined Authority to support business innovation across North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland.

We’re working with NBSL to deliver the North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant. Further details are available via the dedicated website:

Learn more and apply 

Supercharge your funding journey

Case study: SUB 10

The Innovation SuperNetwork used its connections, intensive business support and access to finance programme to help digital learning platform, SUB 10 take its product to market, gain two major contracts and expand its team.
Video Library

Our partners have also helped us develop a video library of useful content to help you on your funding journey, covering everything from IP to social investment.
Access equity investment

Our Innovation Finance connects innovative business with innovative finance. No matter what stage of the journey you’re at, we have support and advice for any business seeking funding.

North East England grant programmes

Find out more about other grants available to regional businesses:

Supply Chain North East Grant

SMEs can access up to 60% in grants towards stalled pipeline projects due to COVID-19 or activities aimed at developing the supply chain.

Critically, grants up to 80% are available for organisations which can potentially support supply chain needs relating to the health and social care sectors, for example in the provision of PPE, respirators and other products.
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Scaleup North East Grant

Up to 40% grant funding is available to help businesses reach new heights. Extra support and guidance from Scale Up business advisers are also available to help you grow your business.
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NBSL Grant

If you’re a small or medium sized business based in Tyne and Wear, you can apply for a business grant of up to 35% for projects costing between £3,000 and £8,000 (a maximum grant of £2800).
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North East BIC's Innovation Programme Grant

Building on its prior successes, the SME Innovation Programme is designed to help SME’s realise their innovative possibilities. There’s up to 40% Project Funding as well as independent advice and guidance and access to industry experts and suppliers.
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