Affordable Space Capability
MOD’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) are launching this competition to fund exploratory studies and demonstrations to develop concepts and technologies required for delivering a UK space-based military capability. A smaller number of successful projects will be taken forward for further development.
Areas of particular interest include:
- technologies providing wide-area surveillance combined with ways of detecting small objects of interest
- technologies providing very frequent or persistent coverage to observe short-lived events
- methods for detecting concealed objects
- technologies to provide secure communications using hand-held terminals from hard-to-reach locations
- secure use of existing commercial space infrastructures
The MOD are also interested in reducing build and operating costs. Cost reduction should be achieved without reducing reliability or assurance of systems. Proposals are particularly welcome which investigate the use of:
- novel platform technologies, including on-orbit propulsion and power systems, but excluding launch
- novel payload technologies, including deployable structures
This competition will be briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on Tuesday 18 November 2014 – registration will open around 6 weeks before the event.
Further details are available via the website.
This fund is designed to stimulate creative and digital innovation in This UK healthcare.
Are you working with or know of small creative and digital businesses (SMEs) with innovative concepts or prototypes using digital technology to improve patient care and health services?
These maybe in areas such as dementia, social care, and cardiovascular and medication management.
The South West is one of the first three regions to benefit from this funding opportunity.
- 5 x £50,000 investments will be made.
- Companies must be based in the North, Midlands or South West.
- Examples of projects could be improving quality of care; caring for people with dementia; supporting people with long-term conditions; and data visualisation.
- Mobile apps, development of a new game for tablet or mobile are also eligible.
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and the fund will close on 31 October 2014.
More information can be found here.
Alternatively please feel free to contact
Jayne Codling – Knowledge Exchange Adviser
Ext 61215 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pathways to Growth is a scheme operated by the Royal Academy of Engineering to encourage and support capacity building for engineering and technology SMEs in the UK. This year, they are intending to offer funding to around 20 SMEs, depending on the grant amount requested (which can be one of £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000).
Ideally looking for SMEs in engineering and technology with a high growth potential. The training doesn’t have to be focused on engineering, it can be on whatever best suits the needs of the company to support its growth . In addition, a number of the successful applicants will also be offered membership of the Enterprise Hub and mentoring from a relevant Fellow to further support their growth potential.
If you are working with a, or have worked with a company that best fit the following criteria they could be considered for this scheme.
- Engineering and technology SMEs, and
- Have high growth potential if they had some additional training/mentoring support, and
- Where they would not be able to fund this level of training themselves
The scheme is in its first year of operation, which means there may be limited awareness out there this year, so applicants could stand a good chance of success! The closing date for applications is 4 p.m. on 23rd September.
In the first instance please contact Jayne Codling in R&KEO – email email@example.com or phone ext 61215 to register your interest and to receive more information.
MOD’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is launching a multi-million pound competition for research proposals for highly innovative synthetic biology approaches applicable to the defence and security sectors.
Synthetic biology has the potential to address several difficult challenges facing UK defence and security. It could provide new ways to protect both the armed forces and civilian populations.
The purpose of this CDE themed competition for short-term, proof-of-concept research proposals is to reach out to all sectors for cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research through the application of existing synthetic biology tools and techniques, but using novel research approaches.
The scope of this competition is deliberately broad and non-prescriptive to encourage novel ideas applicable to land, air or maritime environments. Areas where synthetic biology could contribute to defence and security include, but are not limited to:
- protection of personnel or equipment
- sensor technologies to detect chemicals, such as explosives, forces, such as gravity, or to indicate physical status, such as integrity
- materials exhibiting unique properties or added functionality
- decontamination approaches
- camouflage solutions including noise and emission reduction.
For further details visit the website.
This SBRI competition is focused on the Environment Agency’s need to measure river flows in challenging locations where existing standard instrumentation cannot be used. However, a solution that could also be deployed in less demanding/normal river conditions would be ideal.
Over 5.5 million, or one in six, properties are at risk of flooding from all types of floods across England and Wales. The latest UKCP09 climate change projections indicate rising sea levels and increasingly severe and frequent rainstorms mean the risk of floods will increase.
The Environment Agency requires a non intrusive method of river flow measurement which is capable of measuring river flows to “bank full” in rivers with variable backwater, weed growth and with a mobile bed load.
- a cost-effective solution
- minimise the need for in-channel civil engineering works
- the solution must provide data outputs that can be ported into Environment Agency telemetry systems
- the solution should be low maintenance
- it should be able to be supported and maintained by non-specialist staff with moderate technical skills
- to be able to measure flows in channels that are affected by in channel weed growth and mobile beds
- to be able to measure flows to local bank full level
- the solution should measure flows to an accuracy of 6 to 15% or better in the range of flows of interest
- not affect fish migration, both upstream and downstream
- have a minimal impact on river fauna and flora and sediment transport
- meet as many of the aspirational specifications as possible for the proposed new technology (highlighted in the competition brief)
Key dates for this call can be found here
New SBRI call – Up to £500k of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition.
MOD’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) are launching a call for research proposals to identify new and innovative science and technology to enhance the level of military medical care and support to service personnel.
This CDE competition aims to promote military resilience and preparedness through:
Challenge 1. Technologies for health surveillance
Predicting injury, infection or disease in a military population on operations helps maintain fighting ability. This challenge seeks to identify areas of physiology and biochemical pathways that, with new surveillance and analysis technology, can provide novel ways of assessing health and wellbeing.
Challenge 2. Advanced medical systems for field care
Post-Afghanistan, operational medicine will evolve. Future medical capability will rely on smart, innovative, less logistically intense ways of diagnosing and treating medical emergencies. This challenge seeks innovative technologies that can be used routinely by non-specialists in an operational setting to diagnose the cause and severity of injury or illness and assist in providing care.
A free briefing event will take place at the CDE Tuesday 30 September 2014 in Scotland.
Further details can be accessed via the website.
Funding of £250k is available for this Phase 1 competition from the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST). CAST exists to protect the public using science and technology by providing high quality, impartial advice, innovative solutions and frontline support to the Home Office and its partners, including the Police.
Across the UK last year, more than 500,000 crime scenes were examined for the recovery of forensic related material, principally, fingerprints and biological material. The challenge facing CAST is how to achieve step-change improvements to forensic processes used in crime investigation in the UK in order to increase the amount of material identified, reduce the time taken to process evidence, manage contamination and lessen disruptive interventions.
The call for proposals will therefore focus on proof of concepts for technologies and processes which aid the rapid location and recovery of forensic material at crime scenes. The key requirement is to have the capability to quickly screen scenes or articles for the presence of fingerprints or other biological material that can be used in evidence. This may be achieved by a single technology which can locate both fingerprints and biological material, or separate technologies that can be deployed by investigators at a scene.
The competition will open on Monday 1st September, 2014 and close at midday on Wednesday 9 October 2014.
A briefing event is planned for 10 September in London. To register go to Eventbrite.
For further information about this competition please visit the website .
The Horizon 2020 programme is the major funding opportunity for research and innovation initiatives across Europe, and in 2015 there is nearly 600 million Euros available. If this is an area that interests you, it’s worth bookmarking the European Creative Business Network website .
Save the date!
Creative industries will benefit from some of this funding in the next round of calls published on the 15 October 2014, as the topics have already been announced. Here are some of the highlights for creative businesses:
ICT 19: Technologies for creative industries, social media and convergence
This funding aims to support Research and Innovation Actions, or Support for the development of, new or emerging technologies for digital content creation and to unlock complex information and media and interacting with them.
ICT 20: Technologies for better human learning and teaching
The development of digital technologies for learning are crucial to boosting innovation in education. This call will therefore focus on innovative technologies for learning, on underpinning interoperability standards and on the integration of different components into smart learning environments.
ICT 10: Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation – Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies.
By Collective Awareness Platform, the call basically means website or ‘portal’. They are interested in calls that pioneer crowdsourcing/crowdfunding or other forms of social innovation. They want to fund technological solutions to real world problems and are looking beyond the financial impact of the project towards the difference it makes to society.
More details of all of these calls are in the Draft Work Programme.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, NERC is pleased to announce its inaugural Impact Awards.
There are four award categories:
- Economic Impact Award
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional economic benefit.
- Societal Impact Award
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional social, cultural, public policy or service, health, environmental or quality of life benefits.
- International Impact Award
Recognising research that has achieved exceptional economic and/or societal impact outside the UK.
- Early Career Impact Award
Recognising an early career researcher who has achieved exceptional economic and/or societal impact within the UK or internationally.
A winner from one of the four categories will be selected to receive the Overall Impact Award, in recognition of the outstanding impact of their research.
The winner of each category will receive £10,000 and the runner-up £5,000, to further the impacts of their research. The Overall Impact Award winner will receive an additional £30,000.
The closing date for applications is 16:00 Wednesday 10 September 2014.
Click here for more information including eligibity and the application process.
Research and development funding announced for SMEs
Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge. The next round opens on 17 July (and closes) 25 September with funding available from £25k to £250K.
Three types of grant are available:
- Proof of market
- Proof of concept
- Development of prototype
For more information on this grant click here:
If you wish to consider developing an application for the grant – help is available. Please contact Jayne Codling – Knowledge Exchange Officer, R&KEO for further information.
Ever wondered what funding opportunities are available and how to find out more about the funding process?
TIGA, the network for developers and digital publishers, in partnership with Google has launched a new in-depth report that details and assesses the funding sources currently available in the UK for games companies.
The report is split into two parts, a survey of nearly 40 independent UK developers on their experiences with and use of third party sources of funding, and an in-depth source-by-source funding guide.
This guide is free to download and includes case studies and interviews on what funders look for.
As part of its ongoing support for the games industry in England, Creative England’s GamesLab Campus programme will invest a total of £250,000 into five Games companies (£50,000 each) to support the development of new and innovative entertainment experiences on PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®Vita.
This package of investment will be complemented by a bespoke programme of business support and other technical and fringe benefits including the provision of PS3, PS4 & PS Vita Dev Kits1.
This announcement was made earlier this week at the Develop Conference 2014 , For more information, including how to apply, will be available shortly on our Games section Follow GamesLab on Twitter at @CEGameslab.
Can you answer yes to all these questions or work with a company that can?
- Are you a registered company in the UK
- Have you been trading for a minimum of three years
- Working within one or more of these sectors – advertising, film, TV, digital media
- Have a turnover of £1m.
Ideally your company or the business you are working within will be in the following position:
- Have a scalable business model
- Seeking to reach the next stage of development
- Looking to expand a product or service range; expand into new markets nationally or internationally; develop IP
- Have a good leadership team in place.
The above are desirable criteria. If the £1m turnover is not met but there are ambitions to grow and expand the business, you can still apply as there will be other opportunities in the future. The next round starts in September 2014.
So if you are or you know an ambitious creative company with an appetite for growth and would like practical advice on overcoming the challenges of growing a creative business – why not apply for a mentor?
Click here to find out more
If you are interested and meet the criteria, click here for more information or if you want to find out more details, email NESTA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7438 2635.
To find out more about NESTA click here
Investment of up to £100k is on offer for digital innovation in the music, publishing and games sectors.
Information in brief:
The IC tomorrow programme aims to stimulate innovation and economic growth in the digital sector and is offering four businesses up to £25k each to encourage digital innovation in the area of entertainment on the move in music, book and magazine publishing and games/interactive entertainment:
- music on the move with the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI)
- books on the move with the Publishers Association (PA)
- magazine content on the move with the Professional Publishers Association (PPA)
- interactive entertainment/games on the move with UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie).
- Deadline: noon on Tuesday 29 July 2014
- Full details: Click here
- Awards: 4 x up to £25k
Steve Mould, science and TV presenter, announced the winners of PraxisUnico’s Impact Awards held earlier this month at a ceremony held in Cardiff.
The awards were first established in 2009 with over 500 entries submitted, demonstrating the impact of university research within the UK and around the world.
A solution to the problem of vision-limiting smoke generated in operating theatres during laparoscopic surgery – based on proven electrostatic precipitation technology, was the winner of the Business Impact – Aspiring category.
An international collaboration between the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria was the winner of the Collaborative Impact award; the Universities are working together to increase the numbers of high growth SMEs in a country with challenging, unstable conditions generated by six years of violent terrorist insurgency.
A digital analytics technology company built on ten years of research received the Business Impact – Achieved award. The technology – developed by Queen Mary University of London, helps businesses benchmark how good their digital service should be and identifies underperformance, thereby improving the experience of employees, customers, and partners with regard to important digital products and services.
Building on the success of The Impact Awards to date, The Research Councils and PraxisUnico are pleased to announce that in 2015 we will be working in partnership to deliver Awards that will recognise outstanding impact achieved through successful knowledge exchange and technology transfer, and the benefits these bring to society and the economy.
The winners and finalists 2014:
Business Impact Aspiring Award
- Ultravision™from Cardiff University (winner)
- Ketsofrom UMI3/UMIP, University of Manchester (finalist)
- STAR, remediation of tar and oil land contaminationfrom The University of Edinburgh (finalist)
- Seralite® The power to know, the power to act from University of Birmingham (finalist)
Collaborative Impact Award
- Knowledge transfer partnership working in Nigeria from University of Wolverhampton (winner)
- Unique collaborative research training partnership with GSK from University of Strathclyde (finalist)
- Local business support delivering regional business impact from University of Wolverhampton (finalist)
Business Impact Achieved Award
- Actual Experience PLCfrom Queen Mary University London (winner)
- Oxford Photovoltaicsfrom Isis Innovation Ltd, the University of Oxford (finalist)
- Smarter Grid Solutionsfrom University of Strathclyde (finalist)