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Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: Early and Late Stage awards
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Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £7m
Opens:
January 21, 2019
Closes:
April 3, 2019


UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge.

Project size 

£250,000 – £4,000,000

Scope

Support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.

For example: disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions; earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes and tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures.

Eligible activities include the creation of data package that can support the subsequent testing of your products or carry out evaluations in a clinical setting or other relevant environment (e.g. laboratory proof of concept evaluation, prototyping, demonstrating of clinical utility and effectiveness, demonstrating of safety and efficacy and regulatory planning).

More information on eligibility can be found here.

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: Feasibility and Primer Awards
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £3m
Opens:
January 21, 2019
Closes:
April 3, 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge.


Project size 

£50,000 – £1,000,000

Scope

Support the development of a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge.

The aim of this competition is to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of an innovative scientific idea or carry out a technical evaluation through to proof of concept in a model system.

This will be done by: reviewing research evidence and identifying possible applications; assessing business opportunities; assessing and/or protecting intellectual property; validating initial concepts and existing pre-clinical work through experimental studies; initial demonstration using in-vitro and in-vivo models (but not human clinical trials such as safety and efficacy); and early stage prototyping; preliminary regulatory advice.

More information on eligibility can be found here.

Developing digital roads and improving air quality – Feasibility study
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK: SBRI
Award
Share of £2m
Opens:
February 11, 2019
Closes:
May 1, 2019

Highways England is investing up to £2 million for early stage feasibility studies.

Projects will be awarded up to £75,000 (including VAT) to develop innovative ideas and solutions to change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used.  

Projects can focus on particular types of road (from all-purpose trunk roads to motorways) or types of road use (including public transport and freight).

The competition covers 6 themes: design; construction and maintenance; connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs); customer mobility; energy and environment; and operations and air quality.

Find out more here.

Developing digital roads and improving air quality – Pilot phase
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK: SBRI
Award
Share of £12m
Opens:
February 11, 2019
Closes:
May 1, 2019

Highways England is investing up to £12 million to further develop an already proven concepts to prototype stage.

Projects can have total eligible project costs of up to £1 million (including VAT) to trial innovative ideas and solutions that will change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used.  

Projects can focus on particular types of road (from all-purpose trunk roads to motorways) or types of road use (including public transport and freight).

The competition covers 6 themes: design; construction and maintenance; connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs); customer mobility; energy and environment; and operations and air quality.

More information can be found here.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: February 2019
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £20m
Opens:
February 18, 2019
Closes:
April 24, 2019


Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.

Project size 

£25,000 – £500,000 (6 –18 months)

£25,000 – £2,000,000 (19 –36 months)


This competition provides funding for innovation research and development (R&D) from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation.

Your proposal must demonstrate a clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services.

Projects should be business focused, rather than pure research, and can focus on feasibility studies, which may include market research, industrial research, and experimental development, if appropriate for the challenge identified and proposed solution.

Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

More information about eligibility here

UK Aerospace Research and Technology
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
£3.9b programme
Opens:
March 4, 2019
Closes:
March 20, 2019


The UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace.

This is an expression of interest competition.

Project scope

Must have a potential application within the civil aerospace sector

Priority areas include: whole aircraft design and integration, aerostructures, advanced systems, propulsion technologies

More information about eligibility here.

Electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics in extreme environments
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £2m
Opens:
March 11, 2019
Closes:
May 8, 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop reliable extreme environment grade electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics and AI systems. 

Proposals should demonstrate a thorough understanding of whole system design requirements for RAI in extreme environments.

Extreme environments can include, but are not limited to, off-shore and nuclear energy, space and deep mining.

Technologies and innovations include, but are not limited to, sensing and actuation, on-board electronics, radio frequency electronics, power supplies, control systems and task-oriented payloads.

Applications must:

  • include mission-specific performance and regulatory targets
  • show an understanding of the challenge in RAI systems in extreme environments, including the market     specifically addressed in your proposal

Total eligible project costs must be between £25,000 and £250,000.

More information can be found here.