EnterprisePlus - Supporting small companies in the chemical sciences

Grants & funding

The Royal Society of Chemistry recognises that access to grants and financial assistance is vital for small companies.

We offer grants to EnterprisePlus companies to help with the costs of recruiting a technical apprentice, hiring a placement student, and continuing professional development.

We also want to help our companies access funding opportunities provided by other organisations. A list of organisations that can provide financial or development assistance is provided below.

Our funding

Training vouchers

Training vouchers worth up to £1000 are available to help our companies meet their training and development needs. Applications are currently closed and will reopen in early 2018

Internship grants  

We provide grants to give companies funding to employ an intern for a 3 month paid internship. Applications are currently closed and will open early 2018. 

Apprenticeship grants

We provide grants and support for employers that recruit an Advanced (Level 3) or Higher Apprentice (Level 4 and above). Apprenticeships provide companies with a wide range of benefits and we are keen to support and encourage employers to consider developing apprenticeship programmes. 

Finding funding

Is your company looking for funding?

We know that SMEs spend many weeks each year looking for sources of funding, diverting precious resources away from the core business. This is why we have teamed up with Beauhurst to provide all companies with fast access to funding information, whether this is grants you can apply for, investment funds that are relevant to your sector or funds that invest in companies at a specific stage of development.

Other funding

These other organisations provide funding and support for small companies 

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the innovation agency for the UK.  It provides small and large grants to support small companies and bring emerging technologies closer to commercialisation.

Read their blog post on 5 tips to secure funding for start-ups and small businesses.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme currently open for applications. Over €79 billion is available in grants for the period 2014-2020 with at least €7 billion going to SMEs.


Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd is a  national network of more than 70,000 members working across a variety of technology fields that are key to the UK's continuing economic growth. 


Contact and further information

EnterprisePlus enquiries
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432646
Email: EnterprisePlus enquiries

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