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

SBRI: innovation in rail security surveillance analytics - phase 1

Apply for a share of up to £968,000 for innovations that demonstrate security surveillance analytics in Network Rail stations.

DASA: metasurfaces for defence and security - phase 2

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for practical demonstrations of innovative metasurfaces to improve the advantage of the UK military.

SBRI: innovation in automated tunnel examination

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for projects that develop and demonstrate innovation to automate the examination of tunnels.

Renfrewshire Council

Experienced in the Internet of Things? Renfrewshire Council is looking for an innovative tech solution to help manage its social housing stock IT system.

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

Thales 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.

Thales 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.

Stena Sphere

Do you have a novel, cost-effective solution for noise reduction from ship engine exhausts? 

Oil & Gas Technology Centre

This open innovation programme is your opportunity to get involved in unlocking the full potential of the UK North Sea. Challenge is ongoing.


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


GE GENIUSLINK™ uses crowd-sourcing to match challenges to the right innovation solvers. Visit GE to see what challenges are currently open.


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.

VivaTech Challenges

VivaTech 2019 is the world's meetup for startups and company leaders taking place in Paris in May. Apply for this year's innovation challenges. Closing dates vary.

KTN Network Challenge

Inventive thinkers needed to solve the removal of biofouling from offshore wind turbine structures to ensure safe access.