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

DASA autonomy in challenging environments Phase 2

DASA is looking for step-changing innovations for unmanned autonomous military systems operations in challenging environments.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund - SBRI phase 1

£10 million SBRI phase 1 competition to help recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner.

NHS psychological support challenge

NHS Scotland is seeking innovative solutions to provide psychological support with this £345k 2-phase SBRI competition opening soon.

DASA intelligent ship challenge Phase 2

DASA is looking for proposals to revolutionise military decision making, mission planning and automation.

DASA behavioural analytics challenge Phase 2

DASA is looking for proposals to develop emerging analytical capability that brings advantage for defence and security.

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.

DASA countering drones challenge

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for proposals to develop innovative solutions that address the increasing threat to defence and security by Unmanned Air Systems (UAS).

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.

Decommissioning of energy assets

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of satellite-based services in support of decommissioning of energy assets.

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

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?

UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge

Open call for innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions for creating infrastructure, networks and systems that can withstand shocks and stresses.

De-centralised networks challenge

Leonardo ITG is seeking new and innovative ideas which can contribute to or provide the complete functionality of such an adaptive, de-centralised multi-element sensor network.

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.

Component recognition and tracking

Innovative solutions wanted by a large UK company to keep track of assets and equipment transferred between locations.

Automatic document processing

Innovative solutions wanted by a large UK company to automate the review of policy and/or legal documents, highlight areas of potential non-compliance and prioritise them for a person to review and sign off.

Digitally track and manage large components at quayside storage areas

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) innovation challenge to identify solutions to improve the tracking, management and optimisation of logistics management of large wind turbine component movements around port facilities.

Topic detection in VoIP communications

This KTN-iX competition is supporting a large UK company to find innovative ways to identify key topics raised in VoIP communications.

Immutable audit trail of a component or device

The KTN-iX competition is supporting a large UK company to identify innovative solutions that enable full traceability of every component part in every product they produce or use.

Voice based query and response

This challenge is looking for a solution where an individual can verbally ask a question and be provided with a spoken or virtual response, while maintaining and repairing complex machinery in remote locations. 

Segregation of personnel on workboats: COVID-19 challenge

The Workboat Association and G+ members (offshore windfarms) are looking for innovative solutions to solve the challenge of reduced carrying capacity on workboats due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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.

Preventing liquid loss

A major UK manufacturing industry is looking for innovative solutions to prevent liquid loss from storage containers. Solutions must be applicable in a large-scale production environment.

Removing compounds from a complex liquid

A major UK manufacturing industry is looking for an innovative solution for removing long-chain esters from bulk liquids that contain a complex set of components. They’re looking for an energy-efficient alternative.

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.

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.

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.


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.