Innovator Support

Introduction to Innovator Support

Supporting innovators is at the heart of everything we do at the EIC. That’s why we want to make it easier for innovators like you to get your ideas or products in front of our industry partners. 

We’ve created this dedicated innovator support page to provide you with access to the free information, tools and services that you’ll need to take your ideas to the next level.  

Whether you’re looking to explore the latest innovation opportunities from our industry partners, submit a product or proposal, or access the necessary funding and testing facilities  to develop your innovation, you’ll find all the support you need right here. 

Connecting you with Opportunities

We are committed to bridging the gap between innovators and the industry, and can help connect you with our industry partners. 

Joining our Innovation Community as an innovator, you will be able to:

  • Propose solutions to specific Industry Challenges or Calls for Innovation, which we have identified with our industry partners.
  • Submit innovative ideas or products that you feel could benefit our industry partners, whether they’re development proposals or market ready solutions 

Submitting proposals starts a journey that could lead to you being funded to work collaboratively with our partners, developing or trialling your innovative ideas or products with the ultimate goal of driving them into business as usual.


NIA Funding

The EIC is uniquely placed to help you access the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) funding for innovations relating to gas or electricity networks. We can support you in assessing your innovation’s eligibility for NIA funding, and connect you with our industry partners with the potential of future collaborations. For more information click here

Funding Finder: All the opportunities in one place

The EIC Funding Finder can provide you with over 1,500 funding opportunities that may be relevant to your ideas and innovations. The Funding Finder tool allows you to search live opportunities from the likes of HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, and European Regional Development Fund, and organises them into distinguishable categories, providing easy-to-digest summaries of what’s on offer. The Funding Finder is updated in real-time so you always have the most up to date information.

Login or register here to access current funding opportunities.

Testing & Demonstration Facilities

The EIC and ESC interactive UK Testing Facilities Map enables you to find cutting-edge facilities to help you test and refine your innovation. Regardless of the type of innovation you’re developing, our map will provide you with a diverse list of testing sites available across the UK, including information on their facilities, contact details and how to access them. 

You can also access our ‘Energy Sector Testing & Demonstration Facilities Guide’ which provides a detailed listing of the facilities available to you worldwide.

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Join our Innovation Community

Sign up to join our growing community of innovators

Access the Latest Opportunities

View the areas our partners are seeking innovative techologies to solve industry problems.

Connect with our global community of Innovators

Over the past decade our global innovation community has grown from strength to strength and is made up of a diverse range of proven problem solvers that think outside the box and have cutting-edge ideas and specialist skills to drive innovation.

Download the Latest Resources

We offer a wealth of resources to support innovators and help them to propel their technologies to the next stage.

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