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Net Zero Living: User focused design competition

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to invest up to £3.8 million in innovation projects. These will be to support the net zero agenda.

The Design Council will support the implementation of this competition by providing bespoke support to your project.

The aim of this competition is to support ambitious, early-stage growth businesses in developing your net zero products or services to meet demand.


This support will include budget to hire the expertise of living laboratories to test your products or services with end users, so they better meet the requirement of the target market.

Your project must focus on the development of your product or service and demonstrating it in a relevant market. The user focus can be achieved by testing the product or service in a living laboratory and demonstrating results that will both support the net zero agenda and answer a market need. Your total grant funding request must be between £50,000 and £100,000.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 4 October 2023.

See: Competition overview – Net Zero Living: User focused design – Innovation Funding Service (

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