Knowledge Asset Grant Fund

The Knowledge Assets Grant Fund supports organisations across the public sector in the UK to explore exciting new uses of datasets, technology, intellectual property, ideas and expertise. Funding is available for use in supporting the development, re-purposing, commercialisation or expanded use of public sector knowledge assets.

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Types of funding you can apply for

There are 3 bands of funding you can apply for:

  • Explore Grant (up to and including £25,000)

  • Expand Grant (£25,001 to £100,000)

  • Extend Grant (£100,001 to £250,000)

The size of the grant for each band is determined by the amount of information requested to meet the criteria for that band.

The bandings do not reflect the stage of development of your project. For example, you can apply for an Explore Grant to help you take an already well-developed project in a new direction.



  • have a grant funding request between £1 and £250,000

  • last between 2 and 18 months

  • spend at least 50% of the budget during the first half of the project unless the project starts and ends within the same financial year

  • generate social, financial or economic benefits to the UK

  • seek funding to develop a knowledge asset that is majority owned by the UK government organisation applying for funding

Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and Belarusian source.

Ineligible Organisations

Organisations not eligible to apply for the KAGF include, but are not limited to:

  • universities and academic institutions

  • local governments and their organisations

  • local Enterprise Partnerships

  • devolved administrations and organisations overseen by the Scottish Government, Welsh Government or Northern Ireland Executive. This includes NHS Scotland and Wales, and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland

  • private sector organisations

  • independent charities

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must be a UK public sector organisation headed by an Accounting Officer responsible for upholding Managing Public Money (MPM). Eligible organisations are generally Central Government Organisations and their arm’s length bodies, though others may be in scope. Your project must have approval from a Senior Civil Servant, or equivalent from the lead organisation, with delegation from the Accounting Officer, up to and including the value of the grant being sought.If you have any queries, you can contact the KAGF secretariat at You can also visit the GOTT Grant Fund webpages, where we offer further guidance and support for our applicant community.


Subcontractors are allowed in this competition. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.

Overseas subcontractors can be used but justification must be provided as to why suppliers from the UK have not been selected. You must include evidence that you approached potential UK contractors and the reasons why they were unsuitable or unable to work with you. All subcontractor costs must be justified, and an explanation provided as to why external expertise is needed. It is your organisation’s responsibility to ensure any spend of the grant fund follows existing commercial arrangements of your organisation and Crown Commercial rules. The Knowledge Assets Grant Fund aims to support the development of public sector owned Knowledge Assets for the benefit for the UK. If the KAGF secretariat or panel concludes that the project would disproportionately benefit a subcontractor, the project will be deemed ineligible.

Number of applications

An eligible public sector organisation can lead on any number of applications for different projects.


The Knowledge Assets Grant Fund (KAGF) aims to unlock the potential for developing and exploiting public sector knowledge assets. The KAGF provides financial support to help unearth potentially valuable knowledge assets and to develop the exploitation pathway of assets outside of business as usual purposes. The aim of this competition is to support the identification and development of public sector knowledge assets, including repurposing, commercialisation or expanded use. These assets can include:

  • inventions

  • designs

  • certain research and development (R&D) outcomes

  • data and information

  • creative outputs such as text, video, graphics, software and source code

  • know-how and expertise

  • business processes, services

  • other intellectual resources

Potential value includes financial, economic and social benefits and can be achieved through commercialisation or expanded use of the asset across government and stakeholder organisations. Assets do not have to be potentially revenue generating to attract funding but you must provide a clear plan and timeline to leverage value, for example, as a spinout, licence, open source or prototype.

The Knowledge Asset Grant Fund will support projects, or project stages, which are not suitable to secure investment from private sources. For example, this could be to develop an asset for use across different organisations within government which usually do not collaborate.

If you are unsure whether your project is in scope, you can contact the KAGF secretariat at You can also visit the GOTT Grant Fund webpages, where we offer further guidance and support for our applicant community.


Competition 2 opened: 17 March 2023

Competition 2 closes: 11:00am on 8 June 2023

Competition 3 opens: 9 June 2023

Competition 3 closes: 11:00am on 7 September 2023

Competition 4 opens: 11 September 2023

Competition 4 closes: 11:00am on 14 December 2023

How to apply

Applications are made through Innovate UK's Innovation Funding Service. Find the latest links and guidance at: