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GOTT – Public Research Innovation & Market Accelerator

Apply for a pilot public sector innovation programme designed to accelerate research and technology ideas to the marketplace. The programme will span 8 weeks and give participants expert support, funding and guidance to support their innovations created within the public sector. Participants will work collaboratively and meet other likeminded individuals from across the public sector in-person to learn from one another’s experiences.

Next Cohort Dates:

Start Date: Wednesday 24th April – London 

End Date: Friday 21st June 2024


Keys Dates

Two days in-person boot camp, Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th April 2024 (in London)

Options Roundabout Pitch (Online) Friday 21st June 2024

Join our information Webinar

The webinar will cover:

  • Detail of what to expect on the PRIMA Programme including the methodology and roles of the team members.
  • Who is eligible to apply?
  • Support offered throughout the 8 weeks.
  • Opportunities for you to have your questions answered.

What is included in the PRIMA Programme?

£2,500 for market discovery activities

You will receive a budget and specialist team to help you conduct in-market experiments and customer discovery activities.


Access to experts in bringing research to market

You will have weekly access to our team of experts and we will proactively connect you to our network of entrepreneurs, investors and funders.


Market Explorer

We will create a personalised report which includes data about your potential customers, competitors and suppliers plus a comprehensive overview of the intellectual property landscape for your sector.

Bootcamp Training

2-day in person bootcamp where you will learn how to talk about your technology to customers, develop a hypothetical business model and identify your customers’ pain points. 

8-week Market Validation

You will plan and execute 8 weeks of tailored customer discovery for your idea, product or service using online software, videoconferencing and marketing tools. You will receive weekly 1-hour coaching assistance from a dedicated expert in taking research ideas to market.

Pitch Training

1-day online pitch training to teach you how to pitch your ideas to potential customers and investors.


Options Roundabout Pitches

You will have the opportunity to pitch to an experienced panel of funders, stakeholders and investors to help accelerate the impact of your research. (This is online). 


Who is eligible?


Your project must: 

  • Develop a Knowledge Asset that is majority-owned by the UK Government organisation applying for funding 
  • Be aimed at generating outcomes with potential for social, financial or economic benefits to the UK through commercialisation / translation of Knowledge Assets into market application 


Project Entrepreneurial Lead: 

  • Will be expected to attend all sessions scheduled above and should hold these dates in their diary when applying 
  • Is permitted to be accompanied by a second project inventor. This inventor is permitted to be from the same or another eligible organisation. 
  • Willingness to engage in mentorship, networking, and knowledge-sharing activities within the programme.
  • A commitment to complying with all programme requirements, including reporting and milestone achievements.


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


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. 

Central government departments, Arm’s Length Bodies and Public Sector Research Establishments are eligible for the PRIMA award. 

From 8 June 2023, organisations in the NHS secondary and tertiary care sector, and publicly owned commercial organisations, will not be eligible to apply for grant funding or other services from the (GOTT) including support through the PRIMA programme. 


Number of Applications: 

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

How do I apply?

You can apply using the below button. It is an online application form which will ask you a series of questions about you and your project. It will be a competitive process.

Have you got questions about the programme?

We’d love to hear from you with any questions you have about the programme or how it works.  
Click the button below to see our most frequently asked questions or click on the ask us a question button. 

This programme is funded by GOTT (Government Office for Technology Transfer). GOTT supports the UK public sector to unlock the potential of its knowledge assets to deliver value to the UK economy and society. Knowledge assets are intangible assets such as research and development, intellectual property (IP), data and know how. You can read more about GOTT here www.GOV.UK/GOTT