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Improving aviation cargo screening speed
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Programme
DASA
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Aviation cargo screening can be a laborious process that takes a significant amount of time. Cargo can be either distributed on pallets or in large containers. Currently, aviation cargo is screened for threat items by a variety of methods including x-ray systems


Scope

DASA are seeking novel, innovative ideas that would help increase the speed, accuracy and volume at which cargo is screened to improve the throughput of cargo as well as enhance security. They are interested in screening methods screen dark, dense regions within consignments (such as dense materials or densely packed items), aiding the detection of explosives and hidden weapons.


Project size

£50 – £350 k

This is an open call, with the next assessment being the 2 Dec 2019

More information can be found here

ISCF Future food production systems
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:
September 17, 2019
Closes:
January 22, 2020


Seeking projects to transform food production systems, improve productivity and sustainability, and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040


Scope

Projects must create integrated, data-driven solutions to drive agricultural productivity as well as target net zero emissions. Projects funded under this competition must address one of the following:
   - the development of new, resource efficient, low emission food production systems
   - the technological and other bottlenecks that prevent existing state-of-the-art systems from supplying mainstream consumer markets


Project size

£1 - £10 m


More information can be found here

Transforming foundation industries
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 £5m
Opens:
October 28, 2019
Closes:
February 5, 2020


The aim of this competition is to bring businesses from different foundation industries (cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals) to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities

Scope

Will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the sectors’ companies and supply chains.  The technical scope of the competition is broad, encompassing any resource or energy efficiency activity for the foundation industries. Projects can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including: feedstock inputs, production and material product development.


Project size

£50k – £500k


More information can be found here

ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: feasibility studies
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
ISCF
Award
Share of up to £15m
Opens:
November 18, 2019
Closes:
February 26, 2020


Applications are sought for projects that test the feasibility of solutions that can transform food production and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.


Scope

Projects must accelerate the development of new, early stage solutions that address industry identified problems, by evaluating their potential in a commercial environment. The objective will be to enable decisions to be made quickly on whether the solution should be developed further and, if so, inform its future development.

Projects must:

  • consider appropriate business models and routes to adoption alongside technical feasibility
  • draw in relevant expertise to enable this (for example economic and social sciences)
  • engage with end users to ensure the development of solutions is informed by their needs
  • focus on the development of precision, data-driven solutions and systems that will make a significant step towards net zero emissions and improved resource use efficiency for food production
  • improve the sector’s productivity
  • meet the specific objectives of the Transforming Food Production challenge

Projects can focus on one or more agricultural sectors, including, but not limited to:

  • arable, such as cereals, field-scale vegetables or potatoes
  • dairy
  • ruminants, such as beef, lamb, goat
  • monogastrics, such as pork, poultry and eggs
  • horticulture, including berries, apples, lettuce and tomatoes but not ornamentals
  • aquaculture

Project size

£75,000 – £250,000

More information can be found here

Innovate UK Smart Grants
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 £25m
Opens:
January 9, 2020
Closes:
April 22, 2020

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

Seeking the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.  
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

Project size 

£25,000 – £500,000 (6 –18 months)

£25,000 – £2,000,000 (19 –36 months)


Your proposal must demonstrate: 

  • a clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • an idea that is significantly ahead of others in the field, set for rapid commercialisation

Projects should take customer and user needs into account to deliver more desirable and useful solutions.

More information about eligibility here

SBRI rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2020
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
SBRI
Award
Share of up to £9.4m
Opens:
January 13, 2020
Closes:
March 4, 2020


The aim of the competition is to demonstrate to stakeholders how proven technologies can be integrated into a railway environment for the first time.


Scope

This competition has 4 themes:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Customer experience
  • Optimised railway operations
  • Optimised and cost-effective maintenance

Projects must create a highly interactive and innovative demonstrator. This should be in an environment where railway customers and industry respresentatives can witness the product as a compelling business proposition, for instance: 

  • Within a railway station
  • In rolling stock
  • On railway infrastructure
  • In the environment close to the railway


Project size

£100 – £400k including VAT

More information can be found here

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies and industrial research
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Award
Share of up to £1m
Opens:
January 13, 2020
Closes:
April 1, 2020


Seeking early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging that aim to help make the plastic packaging supply chain more circular, deliver targets of the UK Plastics Pact, and improve on current state-of-the-art packaging while still demonstrating practical, close-to-market solutions.


Scope

Proposals must: 

  • Show how your project supports the objectives of the UK Plastics Pact and delivers systemic change
  • Clearly explain how you would reduce the UK plastic packaging system's overall environmental impact


Projects that are across one or more of the following 4 areas are welcomed:

  • Materials
  • Design
  • Technology or process
  • Business model or behaviour change

Project size

£30,000 – £100,000

More information can be found here