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UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19
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UKRI
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This is an open call with no closing date and proposals can be submitted at any time

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak


Scope

UKRI will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Proposals will be accepted from anyone who is normally eligible to apply for UKRI funding.
Proposals should be sent through this route for any research or innovation relevant to the above regardless of funding Council or whether relevant to multiple Councils.

Proposals with potential to directly deliver a public health impact in the next twelve months, and which have not already been submitted to the Initiative’s earlier calls, are asked to apply to the joint DHSC/UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative’s rolling call via the NIHR single portal site.

Researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants can apply to re-purpose/switch this funding to address the objectives of this call.

Proposals

Proposals to be submitted on a simple Word document (downloaded from here) and emailed to CV19researchinnovation@ukri.org

Proposals should:

  • Describe the approach you will take and put it in the context of the national response to COVID-19.
  • International collaboration is permitted, so long as the research is of relevance to the UK
  • Explain the level of urgency, and why the activity is important now
  • Demonstrate that the proposal has the necessary critical mass to make a difference - where relevant, demonstrate the strength of links to relevant decision makers
  • Demonstrate a clear route to impact within the timescale of the project
  • Confirm whether the research requires any access to the health and care system and if so describe how you will comply with the newly established DHSC single, national process for prioritisation of COVID-19 research studies
  • Explain why it is not possible to resource the work by repurposing existing funds you may have available
  • Give an estimate of the resources required (within 10%)
  • As part of the submission, the proposal may include requests for access to UKRI experimental, analytical or computational capabilities that are currently operational
  • Name the team that will run this and describe their ability and capacity to deliver
  • UKRI can help provide access to pooled research staff from UK facilities, including research software engineering support and staff data scientists – indicate on the form if help assembling the team is needed
  • Provide evidence that the host institution or business supports the proposal and that the research can be carried out under present institutional or business restrictions

More information can be found here

ESA Space Solutions - Business Applications - Call for Proposals
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Programme
ESA Space Solutions
Award
TBC
Opens:
January 1, 2020
Closes:
December 31, 2020


Businesses from any sector are invited to apply for this open call.

The goal of this activity is for the business to develop a new commercial service that utilises one or more space asset(s) (e.g., Satellite Navigation, Satellite Telecommunication, Earth Observation, Space Weather, Space Technologies).


Scope

ESA will bear up to 50% of the project cost, and the remainder has to be financed by the tenderer and/or other partners through private and/or public sector direct or indirect, in cash or in-kind co-financing.

Find out more about the call here

Innovate UK Smart Grants
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Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £25m
Opens:
January 9, 2020
Closes:
May 27, 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

Enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability
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Programme
Innovate UK
Award
£2 million
Opens:
January 27, 2020
Closes:
June 24, 2020

UK businesses with Canadian business partners can apply for grant funding to develop innovative projects that enhance productivity and sustainability of crop, livestock and aquaculture systems.

Project size

Up to £400,000 (UK partners) and $700,000 CAD (Canadian partners)

Applicants should deliver integrated precision approaches and data driven solutions to support the transition to a net zero-emission industry by 2040.

Seeking projects that:

  • combine digital technologies, artificial intelligence, the application of big data and engineering solutions with biological, environmental or social science to drive productivity
  • develop technologies and solutions that connect farms and supply chains
  • transfer technology from another sector into agriculture, providing this requires innovation

More information can be found here

UK Seafood Innovation Fund
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Programme
Cefas
Award
£10 million
Opens:
February 7, 2020
Closes:
June 26, 2020

Funding to support the UK’s fishing, aquaculture and seafood industries to deliver cutting-edge technology and innovation. The fund aims to kick-start a step-change in the productivity and sustainability of UK seafood into the future.

Project size

£50,000 - £250,000

Seeking applications from both inside and outside of the seafood sector. Your idea, technology or product must benefit the sustainability and/or productivity of the UK seafood industry. Collaborative projects including both seafood sector experts and technology businesses are encouraged.

More information can be found here

GCRF demonstrate impact in developing countries
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Programme
GCRF
Award
£9.3 million
Opens:
March 2, 2020
Closes:
June 10, 2020

Grant funding to support projects that address one of the 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals through the development of innovative processes, products and services.

This competition is to secure funding for phase 1 projects. Only successful phase 1 applicants will be eligible to apply for the phase 2 funding.

Project Size

£85,000 - £120,000

Funding will enable businesses to collaborate with end users and other stakeholders. Together they can demonstrate the potential of new processes, products and services and their associated business models in transforming the lives of people and economies in developing countries.

The innovation must be ready to prototype in market but not yet launched in the target developing country.

More information can be found here

Advanced materials
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Programme
EUREKA
Award
£1 million
Opens:
March 5, 2020
Closes:
June 24, 2020

This EUREKA collaborative competition specifically addresses advanced materials in order to improve both products and processes.  Applicants must collaborate with at least one organisation from a predefined list of EUREKA participating regions.

Project size

£100,000 - £1 million

Collaborative R&D proposals must focus on one of these four themes:

  • Semiconductors and display
  • Secondary batteries and sensor technology, including energy storage
  • Carbon industry and chemistry, including: a) lightweight materials, composites and recycling of plastics and b) nano materials and plastic materials
  • Machinery, robots, and metal industry

Projects can include subcontractors but they must not account for more than 20% of the total eligible costs within the UK participation.

More information can be found here

UK Sweden aerospace 2020
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Programme
EUREKA
Award
£2.25 million
Opens:
April 27, 2020
Closes:
July 1, 2020

Collaborative projects to develop aerospace technology in partnership with businesses from Sweden and organisations from other EUREKA nations. Projects which have strong market potential for the UK and Sweden.

Project size

£250,000 - £21.5 million

Projects must align with the national aerospace strategies of the UK and Sweden. Subcontractors must not account for more than 20% of each UK partner’s total eligible costs.

More information can be found here

NATEP: helping SMEs innovate in aerospace
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Automotive & Transport
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Programme
NATEP
Award
£2.5 million
Opens:
May 4, 2020
Closes:
June 17, 2020

Helping SMEs to develop innovative aerospace technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase ability to win new business in the civil aerospace sector.

Project size

£100,000 - £300,000

Projects should focus on one or more of the value streams from the UK aerospace technology strategy - Accelerating Ambition (2019).  Projects must be collaborative, led by a UK registered SME and have a credible route to market.

More information can be found here

Healthy ageing
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Programme
EUREKA
Award
£2 million
Opens:
May 4, 2020
Closes:
August 5, 2020

Grant funding to develop digital health technologies in partnership with organisations from EUREKA countries (France, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, Malta, Turkey and Austria).

Project size

Up to £500,000

Collaborative projects must meet one or more of these themes: robotics, augmented or artificial intelligence, software as a medical device, wearables, medical devices, diagnostics, imaging, data analytics, sensors and apps.

More information can be found here

Future flight challenge phase 2: strand 1, fast track development
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Programme
Innovate UK
Award
£30 million
Opens:
May 11, 2020
Closes:
July 1, 2020

The aim of the competition is to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems enabling the introduction of new classes of electric and/or autonomous air vehicles. These could include drones, urban air mobility vehicles or electric regional aircraft.

Project size

£150,000 - £500,000

This ‘fast track’ strand encourages applications from smaller businesses and organisations who may not work within the aerospace or aviation sector.
A ‘system of systems’ approach is required to address the interdependencies between vehicles, the airspace and the broader infrastructure of aviation, including operators, service providers and end users. Projects are expected to address the integration challenges of new air vehicles, and by default their innovative capabilities, for example autonomy, into the aviation system.

More information can be found here

Future flight challenge phase 2: strand 2, development
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Programme
Innovate UK
Award
£30 million
Opens:
May 11, 2020
Closes:
July 1, 2020

The aim of the competition is to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems enabling the introduction of new classes of electric and/or autonomous air vehicles. These could include drones, urban air mobility vehicles or electric regional aircraft.

Project size

£500,000 - £10 million

Strand 2 encourages applications from larger consortia who wish to undertake significant and ambitious projects that strive to integrate technologies and systems.
A ‘system of systems’ approach is required to address the interdependencies between vehicles, the airspace and the broader infrastructure of aviation, including operators, service providers and end users. Projects are expected to address the integration challenges of new air vehicles, and by default their innovative capabilities, for example autonomy, into the aviation system.

More information can be found here

Designing sustainable plastic solutions
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Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
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Energy
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Programme
Innovate UK
Award
£800,000
Opens:
June 3, 2020
Closes:
September 15, 2020

This competition aims to stimulate innovation in design to reduce persistent plastic waste from landfill or entering the environment.

Project size

£20,000 - £80,000


Funding for early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce the harm that plastics have on our environment.

More information can be found here