SME Support Programme | Call for Expressions of Interest

(Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest for the first round is now CLOSED)

Are you running a successful business in the fashion, textiles and/or related technology sector and have an idea that could take your company and the industry sector to the next level? If so, we want to hear from you.

The Fashion, Textiles & Technology, SME Research and Development Programme is  looking to support UK-based SMEs in the development of the next generation of products, services and experiences in the fashion, textiles and technology sectors – with sustainability at their core.

Who should apply?

– SMEs with innovative concepts and companies already working at the early stages of testing a prototype product or service in the market place and looking for support to fast-forward this process.
– SMEs with an early-stage innovative concept that in order to develop this further may benefit from support across a range of specialist fields, including: new materials design; novel technologies; new applications for existing technologies; innovative business and retail models.

We look forward to hear from FTT companies who would like to achieve a step-change in their business trajectory.


Second round opening in 2020

Thank you for your interest in the BFTT SME R&D Funding and Support Programme. The deadline for submission of EOIs for the first round of this programme has now CLOSED. Shortlisted companies will be announced in the second half of June 2019.  

We will be running a second round of the programme at the start of 2020. Keep following us for further announcements!


Learn more about the Programme

If you would like to know more about the programme, you can download the programme’s booklet here:


Inform future policy in the sector by completing our survey

We would love to hear your thoughts on the sustainable growth of the UK Fashion, Textiles and Technology sector. Taking part in the survey is a great opportunity to have your say and help inform future research and development as well as policy in the FTT sector. By completing the survey, you will be eligible to receive a copy of the final industry report, as well as invitations to upcoming events organised by the Programme. A link to the survey can be found here: