Founded in 1985, PNO is Europe’s largest independent public funding advisory, annually raising over €250 million on behalf of its clients. PNO employs 250 staff and operates in 12 European countries. In terms of core services, PNO is active across the entire grant acquisition process.

We work closely with our clients to identify and match funding programmes to company strategies, ambitions and projects. We then guide the application process and provide comprehensive support with the writing and submission of grant applications.


  • G-volution is a UK based high technology start up that has used PNO Consultants since 2007, when we were awarded a £150k DTI grant to develop our technology. We became aware of their skills when, in 2007, we did not make the regional final of the Shell Springboard award. In 2008, with the help of PNO, we managed to win a Shell Springboard award (£40k!).
    In 2010-11-12 we have applied for two Innovate UK awards with PNO. In the first, they did such an excellent job that we were awarded some of the highest marks in our bid. In the second, having been given no time at all by us and our consortia, they delivered a first class application. PNO are an excellent team to work with because they are knowledgeable, professional and fun. In my extensive experience of seeking grant funding, you will not find a better team to partner with.

    Chris Smith, MD, G-Volution
  • I firmly believe that you need the best people possible in every field of business life. We initially found PNO Consultants through a search on Google and consider that we were very fortunate to have found a company who were exceptionally proficient. Throughout the whole process of the Smart grant application we were skilfully guided, with their consultants displaying a tremendous ability to quickly understand a new industrial sector.
    PNO Consultants were invaluable in Karm Conductives Group being successfully awarded the Technology Strategy Board Smart Proof-of-Concept grant for our Hybrid Printing Cylinder Technology and will, without doubt, be utilising them in the near future.

    Mark Jones, Founder and Technical Director, Karm Conductives
  • PNO Consultants expertly guided us from complete novices through to successful being awarded both a SMART and a Collaborative R&D grant from the Technology Strategy Board. All the envisaged pain of the application process was completely avoided and we were extremely grateful for the professionalism and skill exhibited by the consultants from PNO. We certainly see this as the beginning of a long running relationship.

    Andrew Bithell, MD, Datasys
  • Geotech engaged PNO when we commenced with our first FP7 project. They’ve been an integral part of our project and provided sound, coherent advice along the way. The fact the advice is practical and easy to understand/implement has meant that the anticipated burden of our first project has been significantly reduced, leaving us to focus on adding value to the project in conjunction with our partners. We would recommend PNO to others, without hesitation.

    Dean Kavanagh, Operations Director, Geotech
  • I would and have recommend them to other companies, and I will use them again, which is the highest praise you can give any company. We had some very innovative ideas that would help the UK technology industry, but needed quick and substantial funding to bring those idea to market. PNO understood our business very quickly, and were able to take the pain out of the application process. They are professional, immensely hard-working and successful in what they do. I could not think of a better organisation to help guide a company like ours to a successful grant outcome.

    Nigel Cannings, Director, ChaseITS
  • I have used PNO’s services to support two recent successful grant funding applications. In each case the company applying for the funding had an excellent understanding of the technical and financial aspects of the project but very little experience of how to structure, coordinate and manage the claim application. PNO provided both the resource and expertise to support each company’s core knowledge bringing each application to a successful conclusion. The team provided technical and financial support along with excellent project management skills, and it is fair to say that the applications may not have succeeded without this support, due to the pressures of running a small business in conjunction with attempting to manage a grant funding application (which can be very time consuming).

    Dave Foran
  • KalVista Pharmaceuticals has had the pleasure of working with PNO Consultants on several UK grant applications during the last year and each time we have been extremely pleased with their performance. During our work together, the PNO team has demonstrated outstanding knowledge of the grants available to us as an SME and a thorough understanding of what is necessary to maximise the chance of success. What stands out about PNO are the dynamic personalities, particularly James Craven and Lyndsey Starr, and contagious determination to succeed. Through their tireless work and persistence they have been fully committed to our needs and have ensured timely processes without compromising quality. More impressively, PNO’s ability to understand complex scientific problems outside their area of expertise and put them into succinct and easy to understand terms is very impressive and an invaluable asset to any team looking to attract non-dilutive financing. They also possess integrity and honesty, which they maintain at all times and throughout all of their activities. Consequently, it has been a real pleasure to work with PNO, both as a professional team and on an individual basis, and I highly recommend them to any SME looking to enhance their chance of grant success.

    Robert Haigh, CEO, KalVista Pharmaceuticals

Companies we've helped

  • Manchester 1824
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Xstrahl
  • Rinicom Generation Wireless
  • Xeros Ltd
  • NMQA
  • Shanks Making more from waste
  • Viridis Building Services Ltd
  • ST - Surface Transforms
  • P&G
  • SSE
  • United Utilities
  • GE Capital
  • DP World