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

Zero Emissions Heavy Duty Vehicles challenge

Apply for the Zero Emissions Heavy Duty Vehicle innovation challenge and help Scottish businesses develop innovative solutions that can support the decarbonisation of Heavy Duty Vehicles. 

Personalised Surgical Process for Joint Replacements

Over 3 million joint replacements were carried out in Europe throughout 2019. Could you develop a reproducible solution that transforms the surgical process towards personalised medicine?

SBRI – Healthy Ageing Social Ventures feasibility studies

Could you develop products and services to support healthy ageing? Apply for a share of £1 million to address one or more of the seven themes of the Healthy Ageing Challenge Framework.

SBRI - Healthy Ageing Social Ventures industrial research

Could you develop products and services to support healthy ageing? Apply for a share of £3 million for projects with costs from £50,000 to £150,000 for prototype development and evaluation.

Supercharging MOD’s power quality management market consultation

Can you help the Ministry of Defence better understand the market capability and technologies available to improve power efficiency across its ships?

Space to Innovate Campaign – Alpha Drop

Could you develop solutions to alleviate some of the UK’s space challenges? The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Programme is looking for innovative solutions to a series of challenges. 

Net Zero Emissions Air Systems

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) would like to understand technology readiness levels in Net Zero emissions air systems.

Net Zero NHS

Shifting to a Net Zero health system presents unique challenges involving every care setting. It will be vital to reduce emissions while maintaining a high standard of care. 

Stroke and technology

Do you have an innovative idea to help with pre-hospital diagnosis and rehabilitation of stroke? The NHS is looking for innovators to address pre-hospital diagnosis, rehabilitation interventions, and stroke survivor support. 


Could you develop innovative integrated care solutions for chronic heart failure management? It should integrate a range of features to bring different care providers, family carers and patients into a shared chronic heart failure care pathway.

EuropeWave - research and development

The wave energy industry needs innovative support systems to assist the advancement of wave energy systems such as off-grid applications and mooring systems.


Can you develop a break-through solution for 100% renewable energy supply in buildings?

DASA challenges

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

Opportunities to solve industrial R&D challenges

Water toxicity sensor challenge

Can you use current technology or devise a new sensor to measure toxins in water systems? The successful design should reduce or eliminate the need for multiple laboratory water quality measurements. 

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?

Leading Edge Only network challenges

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


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.