Smart is "always open", however to manage the processing of these applications, we assign them into batches for final assessment and funding, known as rounds.
There are six rounds per year; the close dates for financial year 2013/14 are:
Round 1: 23 May 2013
Round 2: 18 July 2013
Round 3: 26 September 2013
Round 4: 21 November 2013
Round 5: 30 January 2014
Round 6: 27 March 2014
Please note all deadlines are noon.
Once an application is submitted, it is forwarded to independent assessors to begin the assessment process. Any applications submitted after 12.00 noon on the round close date will be reviewed in the following round.
Following the round close date, the Technology Strategy Board collates all of the assessment feedback and scores from the assessors, ranking submissions in order to allocate the available funding. An applicant should expect to hear from the Technology Strategy Board approximately one month after the close date with respect to its funding decision.
Who can apply?
Smart is aimed at SMEs with high growth ambition and potential. Pre start-ups, start-ups, and small and medium-sized businesses from all sectors across the UK, undertaking R&D may apply
Unsure if your business is an SME?
Smart works alongside similar programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In future we may also run themed competitions using the Smart grant scheme in our priority investment areas.
To apply or find out more: