Open innovation challenges

Browse and apply for innovation challenges that will connect you to global companies and opportunities for growth.

100% funding available to solve public sector R&D challenges

NHS Next Generation Home Vision Testing

Apply for a share of £100,000 to develop remotely deployed vision testing.

DASA Unmanned Air Systems in Urban Environments

DASA are seeking innovations to enable Unmanned Air Systems that will deliver tactical advantage and reduce threat.

DASA less lethal weapons

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking innovative solutions backed by £500,000 funding to safely prevent conflict scalation from a distance.

DASA explosives and weapon detection

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has unlocked £2.8m innovation funding to boost detection of explosives, weapons and illicit drugs. 

Sort and segregate nuclear waste

100% funded SBRI competition to aid with nuclear decommissioning activities.

Marine energy challenge - European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking innovative solutions for challenges in marine energy and space industries.

NHS diabetes challenge

Deliver safer and better care every time for people in Scotland with diabetes.

Path to post-COVID recovery challenge - European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking innovative solutions to lead the way to post-COVID recovery in vertical sectors.

Plastic-less society challenge - European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking innovative solutions to prevent and solve the issues of marine litter and especially plastics in water bodies.

Space Systems for Safety and Security (4s)

This is aimed at supporting the development of safe and secure satellite communication systems to improve telecommunication infrastructure resilience.

The i-Con Innovation Challenge

An initiative from the Construction Innovation Centre Scotland (CSIC) designed to quickly match industry challenges with potential solution providers and funding for impact focused innovation projects.

Wave Energy Scotland

Wave Energy Scotland is seeking external experts and an innovative technological design solution for its wave energy device coupling system challenge.

DASA challenges

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovative partners for R&D challenges. 

Opportunities to solve industrial R&D challenges

Improve how people living with disability can move around public or private buildings

Enel is looking for tailored approaches to improve the way in which people living with disability can move around public or private buildings.

Green Distilleries competition

£10 million UK Government competition seeking innovative fuel switching solutions to address decarbonisation in the spirits sector.

Open Innovation Space

The UK’s space industry leader Airbus, has teamed with KBRLeidos UKNorthrop Grumman and QinetiQ to bring new thinking to future space solutions and to launch the Open Innovation – Space initiative. Interested in working with this consortium?

Manufacturing productivity challenge

Leonardo ITG is seeking innovative solutions to help manage complex processes with many variables and secure the harvesting, storage and analysis of manufacturing data.

Leading Edge Only network challenges

Find challenges from global organisations seeking innovative solutions on the Leading Edge Only network.

Wales & West Utilities - Real time operation

Wales & West Utilities seek a partner to develop the opportunities identified for greater coordination between electricity and gas networks for real time operations and forecasting of flexible gas generation.

Twinings - Revolutionising tea

How do Twinings get people who pause with a coffee mid afternoon, to choose Twinings as a way to feel more connected with the real world?

Fujistu - SAAS applications

Fujitsu is seeking cost-effective SAAS applications to allow them to extract information from Salesforce, supplement with data, and ensure that it can tag the CRM record back to the contact in Salesforce - whilst remaining GDPR compliant.

Lloyd's Register - Food supply chain and traceability

Lloyd's Register is looking for solutions that relate to the connection between physical food objects and digital records – so-called ‘phygital’ solutions.

Desiccation Challenge

Innovative solutions needed to keep equipment, such as camera systems, free from internal moisture, ensuring cameras will function with little to no maintenance in all weathers and environments.

Glass to Metal Fastening Challenge

Innovative solutions needed for fast, simple and modern ways of fastening glass to metal components such as prisms and lenses to plates and within tubes.

Wiper Blade Challenge

Innovative solutions needed to keep camera system windows clean for military land platforms, ensuring cameras have a clear view of the scene in all weathers and environments.

Stena Line

Port safety innovation needed that would work with a broad range of freight types, haulage companies and vessel types.


Do you have outstanding innovative business ideas that you would like to propose or further develop with Philips? Challenge is ongoing.


P&G is actively seeking innovation and partnership solutions across a number of programme innovation areas. Challenge is ongoing.

Zobele Group Innovation Challenge

This leading home, health and personal care company is looking to partner with startups and entrepreneurs to find hardware devices, formulations and packaging solutions for their products.