have shifted their focus to build on momentum to accelerate sector growth. To achieve this, in terms of innovation funding, a number of sectors are being addressed including Emerging and Enabling Technologies. These include:
- Quantum Technolgies
- Forensic Science
KTP calls are also refelecting these sectors.
There are a number of ways in which you can keep up to date with what is happening in these areas providing up-to-date information on funding opportuntites, news and events happening.
Useful information :
Innovate UK Delivery Plan 2016/2017 (Page 12 more information on the key sectors)
Knowledge Transfer Networks – stay connected
The Sensors and Their Applications XVIII (2016) conference will be held on 12th-14th September in London. The Sensors & Applications series of conferences provides an excellent opportunity to bring together scientists and engineers from academia, research institutes and industrial establishments to present and discuss the latest results in the field of sensors, instrumentation and measurement.
ensors and Their Applications XVIII (2016) conference wiill be held on 12th -14th September in London. The conference is orgnasied by the Institute of Physics Instrument Science and Technology Group. In this year, the Sensors and their Applications conference will also feature an industry session to enable the conference partcipants to showcase the industry and technology transfer activities in sensor related areas.
Invited speakers will give lectures on important recent advances within the symposium, in addition to contributed talks and poster sessions.
• Optical sensors
• Chemical and gas sensors
• Sensors in biology and medicine
• Advances in sensing materials
• Nanotechnology for sensors and actuators
• Smart sensors and interface electronics
• MEMS and silicon fabrication techniques
• Imaging: integrated actuators
• Thick and thin film sensors
• Sensor modelling
• Sensor packaging and assemblies
For further details on the conference and to register, please go to the event website.
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest a total of £19.5 million to support projects in Quantum Technologies. Projects may involve technologies belonging to one of the core groups defined in the UK’s roadmap for quantum technologies: clocks, sensors, imaging, communications or computing.
The call is now open, the registration deadline is 28th September and the call closes at noon on the 5th October.
Projects must be industry-led, but projects involving academics as partners are welcome, provided academic costs do not exceed 50% of the total.
Up to £6 million will be available for Feasibility Studies, which will fund the development of early stage devices, component technologies and for marketing studies. Projects will last up to 12 months and have total costs of £50k- £400k.
The Collaborative R&D call will seek to connect the supply chain, to deliver a demonstrator technology and must include an end user. A fund of £13.5 million is available. Total project values should be £500k – £2 million, but an addition 10% is available which can only be used for capital equipment, taking the maximum project value to £2.2 million.
The call brief is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-commercialisation-of-quantum-technologies
Networking and briefing events – click on the links for more information as dates, times, venues and content of the events do vary.
If you are interested in this call you must contact RKEO with adequate notice before the deadline. Please note that some funding bodies specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your RKEO Funding Development Officer.
You can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in RKEO or view the recent blog post here. If you are thinking of applying, why not add an expression of interest on Research Professional so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.
The Emerging and Enabling Technologies sector group is the new home for support for early stage (emerging), cross-cutting (enabling) and broad scope (open) innovation across whole economy. (See the Delivery Plan 2016 to 2017 for more information on all the sector groups .)
Although this sector group contains the word technologies in its title, Innovate UK’s actions are guided by the principle that: “no-one buys technology; they buy what technology does for them.”
The focus here is very early stage technologies, those still emerging, or only recently emerged, from the research base.
By ‘emerging’, recognise those technologies, methods and approaches developed in the UK’s scientific research base – primarily in universities – that allow us to do things that simply couldn’t be done before (or could only be done in theory).
What these emerging technologies have in common is the potential to create totally new value propositions (and so to disrupt markets). Examples include graphene and quantum technologies.
Whilst sectors like Manufacturing and Materials or Health and Life Sciences turnover several hundreds of billions of pounds globally per year, by contrast, many of these early-stage, emerging technology sectors have very low, or even zero turnovers, typically below £10 million pa when we pick them up.
Examples of other high impact technologies include:
- space and satellites
- electronics, photonics and sensors
- robotics and autonomous systems
It has now been admirably demonstrated that:
- satellite technologies can be used in the fight against illegal fishing
- advanced sensors can help in the earlier diagnosis of disease
- compound semi-conductors can manage electrical power more effectively
- robots can perform tasks in environments too dangerous for people to work in
You can follow Innovate UK on:
The Knowledge Transfer Network is organising a webinar to promote a new Innovate UK competition that will open in 2016.
Innovate UK is allocating up to £1.5m for their “Energy Game Changer” competition. The funding will be allocated to feasibility studies led by SMEs who can provide disruptive solutions to long established challenges which currently cost the energy sector hundreds of millions of pounds per year.
Amongst the high level challenges where radical multi-disciplinary solutions are sought are:
- improving condition monitoring, inspection, handling, characterisation and repair of energy assets
- minimising the risk and cost of operating in remote and hazardous environments
- generating and handling ‘big data’ to optimise performance, efficiency, safety and security
- getting individuals and communities excited and engaged in energy reducing the consumers energy bills
To encourage radical change and new ideas, the competition is specifically looking for solutions from innovative SMEs whose main business is divorced from the energy sector and can look at the challenges from new perspectives. Such organisations may be engaged in activities such as; ICT, digital, design, electronics, sensors, modelling, virtual reality, gaming, robotics, UAVs, forensics, manufacturing, inspection and advanced materials.
We also welcome technology transfer ideas from other sectors such as; defence, automotive, medical, space and creative industries.
Innovate UK is looking to fund around 20 feasibility studies of between £50-100k in size and 6-12 month duration.
The information webinar will give you the opportunity to:
- understand the background to the competition
- hear about the specific challenges and competition scope in more detail
- hear about the competitions eligibility criteria, application process, funding and timescales
- ask online questions
- network online
- Further physical events are scheduled for 2016.
For more information and to register click here.
Innovate UK has launched a funding competition for feasibility studies with up to two million pounds funding available.
The competition is open only to small and micro companies (click here for eligibility) across the following technology sectors:
Electronics, Sensors & Photonics
Information & Communications Technology
A briefing event for this competition was held on 25 November. You can view the webinar recording here.
For any queries on this competition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.