New funding call for experiments to encourage SMEs to adopt new technologies and business practices

By James Phipps on Tuesday, 19 February 2019.

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Do you have ideas for how to drive innovation diffusion amongst SMEs? Are you willing to put these to the test? The UK Business Department (BEIS) has launched the second round of the Business Basics Fund.

The fund has up to £2 million available for new projects focused on testing ways of encouraging SMEs to adopt existing technology and management practices and thereby boosting productivity. IGL and Nesta are delighted to be partnering with BEIS and Innovate UK to deliver the Business Basics Fund.

Funding is available to support projects that will be delivered in England. Further  details on how to apply to this competitive fund can be found on the government’s website alongside further information on the fund objectives and outcomes from the first round.

Key Dates

5 March 2019

Evaluation masterclass webinar

7 March 2019

Applicant briefing webinar

17 April 2019 12:00pm

Competition closes

24 May 2019

Invite to interview

5 June 2019

Interview panel



If you have other questions or want to discuss ideas you think will fit with the Business Basics Programme, please contact: or in the BEIS Business Basics team.

If you need help finding a potential partner, please contact by 5pm on 11 March 2019. Information on other organisations seeking a project partner can be found on our website.