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Screening train carriages
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Programme
DASA
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Opens:
Closes:
December 2, 2019


Trains require checking to identify whether items have been left unattended in carriages, especially while the train is in use, so that staff can be alerted quickly. Screening is a difficult process due to the complexity of the areas within trains that would need to be checked.


Scope

In order to make the process more efficient, DASA would like to augment or automate this process. There is a need for a device that is able to scan train carriages and determine if any foreign objects have been left behind. Screening needs to be carried out rapidly, whilst the train is in use and with passengers present.


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

Improving aviation cargo screening speed
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Programme
DASA
Award
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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

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of £10m
Opens:
July 8, 2019
Closes:
October 16, 2019

A platform for UK and Malaysian businesses to collaborate on finding solutions to complex societal challenges that exist in Malaysia. Projects must focus on mobility or waste to wealth

Scope

The overall programme will be delivered in 2 phases. Only successful applications from phase 1 will be able to take part in phase 2 (opens June 2020). Phase 1 focuses on collaborative  feasibility studies. This is to help UK and Malaysian businesses investigate a) the interaction between their innovations and b) how feasible a joint demonstration project would be in responding to Malaysia’s mobility and waste to wealth challenges.

Phase 2 (follow on) projects will provide economical and sustainable solutions to be demonstrated in environments that represent real life operating conditions.


Project size

Up to £30,000 (phase 1)

More information can be found here 

Innovate UK Smart Grants
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
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Energy
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Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of up to £25m
Opens:
July 25, 2019
Closes:
October 16, 2019

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

Clean Maritime
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
MarRI-UK
Award
Share of up to £1m
Opens:
July 29, 2019
Closes:
October 25, 2019

Expressions of interest are sought to find innovative ways to reduce maritime emissions and to promote the development of technology innovation in UK maritime

Scope

Projects must have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases and/or air quality pollutant emissions from the maritime industry.

MarRI-UK is seeking proposals with the potential to offer significant improvements to systems, timings, processes or technology for clean maritime operations.

Topics include but are not limited to: electrification, innovative energy efficiency measures, alternative propulsion, hazard and safety assessment of new fuels, energy systems and alternate fuels.

Project size

Up to £250,000

More information can be found here

**deadline recently extended to 25th October 2019**

Innovation in rail security surveillance analytics
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 £968K
Opens:
September 16, 2019
Closes:
November 6, 2019


Seeking clarificiation on which security surveillance systems and associated analytics can work in a station environment without disrupting the rail network


Scope

The goal is to install surveillance analytics to enhance existing systems. The objective is to enhance safety and to reduce delay minutes resulting from station incidents caused by unusual, unsuitable and undesirable behaviours.


Project size

Up to £121k


More information can be found here

Innovation in automated tunnel examination
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 £1.5m
Opens:
September 16, 2019
Closes:
November 6, 2019


Funding to support the development and demonstration of new capability in automated tunnel examination
The aim of this competition is to improve the accuracy, efficiency and safety of tunnel examinations resulting in a safer and more reliable operational railway


Scope

Projects should reduce the time taken to complete examinations through improved automation and increased repeatability and reproducibility of data. They must also mitigate the risks associated with lower quality examinations due to challenging access constraints and human centric bias. Solutions should be demonstrated on the live railway.


Project size

£300-500k


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

Innovation loans
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
Innovate UK
Award
Share of £10m
Opens:
September 23, 2019
Closes:
November 27, 2019

Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Scope

The  aim of this competition is to help businesses overcome barriers to the best cutting edge, game changing innovations becoming a successful commercial reality. This includes making a considerable economic impact and/or resulting  in significant, sustainable business growth.

Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on late stage R&D, and up to 2 more years on establishing a clear route to  commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years.

Project size

£100,000 to £1m

More information can be found here

Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime: stage 1
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
MarRI-UK
Award
Share of up to £1m
Opens:
September 30, 2019
Closes:
December 20, 2019


In January 2019 the UK government published the ambitious Maritime 2050 strategy, setting out a long-term vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. The maritime sector is likely to undergo significant changes as technology revolutionises the way it operates and environmental concerns create new and more stringent requirements for the maritime industry.

This is an expression of interest competition with two stages


Scope

Projects are in scope if they:

  • Are in the mid TRL stages (3-7)
  • Have an innovative aspect
  • Demonstrate good value for money for the UK and potential impact for the UK market
  • Offer significant improvements to systems, timings, processes or tech for clean maritime operation

Examples of ways in which maritime operations could be supported include: 

  • Alternative approaches to port activity and the interaction between the port and the vessel (e.g. berthing technology)
  • Changing the design of a vessel to improve efficiency, make the vessel better suited to the use of autonomy
  • Enhancing situational awareness using technology or other uses of technology to improve safety
  • Improving safety of operations in congested waterways
  • Providing decision support or full autonomy in aspects of maritime operations

The funding can be used either to develop an initial prototype, a proof of concept or a feasibility study that demonstrates the project's potential application to maritime operations and/or services.

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (Stage 2).


Project size

Up to £170k

More information can be found here