£5,000 UK Gov grant for SME’s and cyber security

How to apply …..

The new UK Government Cybersecurity Voucher Scheme for SME’s will run in parallel with the general “Innovation Voucher Scheme”.

Round 13 is now closed

NEWS – November 2015 – Round 14 has just opened and information on how to apply will be made available at the Innovations page


This ‘scheme’ is to help UK businesses who need specialist advice to boost cybersecurity and it could be also used to seek advice on IPR if appropriate. Businesses can also use the IVs to seek advice on how to adopt Cyber Essentials (government flagship scheme to protect businesses online).

They must use a supplier registered and operating in UK and there will be further guidance for applicants on the Innovate UK interact site.

To qualify for an Innovation Voucher you must:

  • be starting up or running a micro, small or medium-sized UK business
  • have not worked with this expert before
  • need help with something that’s a real challenge for your business, not just a small improvement or change
  • have not had an Innovation Voucher from Innovate UK or the Technology Strategy Board before

Unsure if your business is an SME? You can check the European definition of an SME here.

Businesses cannot use an Innovation Voucher to fund – staff training, equipment, off-the-shelf software, marketing or branding items, and standard business advice

The work needs to be completed within 6 months. There is no specific monitoring of how the voucher is deployed however  applicants are required to identify what they propose to use the voucher for at the application stage and applications are checked for eligibility prior to offer.

Information from innovateuk