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Assistive technology for rail staff
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Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
Opens:
Closes:
December 2, 2019


In train stations, staff regularly check the public areas such as platforms, concourse and shops to detect threats to the public. This includes any unusual activity and items. Unusual activity is something that a normal train passenger or station user would not be doing, such as trying to avoid staff, staying at a station too long or collecting information about the station.


Scope

DASA are seeking innovative solutions to work in combination with existing railway security measures to detect unusual behaviour. This could also be used to help identify and assist passengers who appear to be lost, those who are vulnerable or possibly considering self-harm. Assistance could be provided by a member of staff equipped with technology, a piece of technology itself, or a member of staff trained in a new procedure.


Project size

£50 – £350k


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

More information can be found here

Understanding the risk of chemical and explosives precursors found in household products and the opportunities to replace them
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
Opens:
Closes:
December 2, 2019


Everyday household products serve a number of purposes, from cleaning and cooking to DIY and cosmetics, however while these products may be used for legitimate applications, a number of these common products are at significant risk of misuse by terrorist organisations

Scope

We could do more to prevent successful terrorist attacks by modifying the formulations of common household products to make them much harder to misuse. DASA are seeking novel ideas to replace or reduce the potential harm of chemical and explosives precursors in household products.


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

Understanding the psychological effect on the public of chemical regulation change
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
Opens:
Closes:
December 2, 2019


Everyday commercially available products are at risk of misuse or exploitation for illegitimate purposes, for example, to conduct an explosive attack. Banning such products is typically undesirable due to anticipated impacts on prosperity, consumer freedoms and lack of alternatives for legitimate use.

Scope

To successfully introduce any alternative products to market we must ensure a level playing field for business is secured while supporting the freedom of consumer choice. One method to achieve the former is through regulation. However, we need to understand how the public would react should we make regulatory changes that require reformulation of their favourite consumer products and how to create a positive customer demand for safer alternatives to current at risk products.


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

Advancing less-lethal weapon capability
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
Opens:
Closes:
December 2, 2019


Less-lethal weapons are used by the Police, security services and other law enforcement professionals to deflect the escalation of conflict in potentially hostile situations.


Scope

DASA is seeking proposals that demonstrate ideas or concepts that could be developed into prototypes for viability assessment as less-lethal weapons. Less-lethal weapons are vital in situations where the use of lethal force is prohibited or undesirable or where the rules of engagement require minimum casualties, or where policy restricts the use of conventional force.


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
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:
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**

5G Rural Connected Communities
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DCMS
Award
Share of £30m
Opens:
August 27, 2019
Closes:
October 25, 2019


This competition aims to spark a tech revolution in countryside communities using the opportunities offered by 5G technology

It will fund up to 10 5G research and development projects to run over the course of 2 years. These projects will trial innovative use cases and technical solutions to build the business case for investment in rural connectivity and explore the capabilities of 5G to benefit rural communities.

Background
A key conclusion of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review was that 5G creates an opportunity for market expansion in the type of wireless services available and in the number of providers of networks and services. This includes new approaches to spectrum sharing, and new business models for managing access to spectrum, including spectrum leasing and ‘neutral host’ networks.

Scope
It is expected that projects will demonstrate the commercial and wider social value of 5G in several ways:

  • By testing new commercial and technical solutions to improve and accelerate the business case for deployment in rural areas
  • By demonstrating that sector-specific use cases create investment cases for sector-specific operators and technology providers, and demonstrate increased demand for wireless connectivity

Project size
£2m - £5m (10 projects)

More information can be found here

Transforming UK construction: demonstrator projects
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 £26m
Opens:
August 28, 2019
Closes:
November 6, 2019


Innovative solutions to improve productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector are sought. Demonstrator projects must establish improvements in productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector.

Scope

The aim of this competition is to present a portfolio of demonstrator projects which showcase close-to-market solutions that go beyond the current state-of-the-art. Demonstrators will  apply known approaches on real world projects showing how improvements in the UK construction sector can be delivered at scale.

Demonstrators will include new validations of business models, digital approaches to design, construction and management, advancements in modern methods of construction and approaches to whole-life performance of a building or assets.

Project size

£500,000 – £8m

More information can be found here

Transforming UK construction round 2: MMC, digital and whole-life performance
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 £10m
Opens:
August 28, 2019
Closes:
October 30, 2019


The aim of this competition is to invest in innovative projects that go beyond the current state-of-the-art. Projects must result in practical and close-to-market solutions that will improve productivity, quality and performance in the UK construction sector

Scope

Projects must focus on one or more of the following themes:
   - digital information management, tools, systems and standards
   - modern methods of construction (MMC) and platform based approaches
   - whole-life asset performance, including active buildings
   - business models, procurement, analytics, benchmarking and metrics
   - financial, assurance, warranty and lending products

Successful projects will be expected to work with a range of stakeholders including the Construction Innovation Hub and the Active Building Centre.


Project size

£150,000 – £1.5m


More information can be found here

Bioprocessing waste into reusable products
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
Share of up to £1m
Opens:
September 4, 2019
Closes:
October 30, 2019


Large volumes of waste fuel, oil, lubricants and some liquid chemicals are generated across the MOD estate and are currently disposed of off-site through external waste management companies, at cost to the tax-payer.  

The aim of the competition is to develop an end to end solution that produces reusable by-products from these waste materials


Scope

This competition is focused on traditional fixed systems but also on a portable (transported by aircraft) bioprocessing system that can be used by MOD on world-wide deployments and potentially by aid organisations for disaster relief operations.

DASA is looking for innovations from bidders using existing and new capabilities to:
   - develop a prototype bio-processing system to break down the waste into its natural by-products
   - develop the most effective microbes, microbe mixes or non-microbial agents, to optimise growth environments to achieve this breakdown for different waste products
   - identify the recycling potential of the by-products to prove that there is a market and use for them

Project size

Up to £330k

More information can be found here

GCRF demonstrate impact in meeting the sustainable development goals
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 £9.3m
Opens:
September 9, 2019
Closes:
November 13, 2019


Seeking  projects with the potential to transform lives in developing countries, through market-creating innovation


Scope

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. Projects must contribute to at least one of the following sustainable development goals:
1) good health and well-being
2) quality education
3) clean water and sanitation
4) decent work and economic growth
5) sustainable cities and communities
6) responsible consumption and production
7) climate action
8) life below water
9) life on land
10) peace, justice and strong institutions

Project size

Up to £120k

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

Market exploration: remote handling and manipulation
Sectors
Automotive & Transport
Digital, AI & Machine Learning
Electronic, Sensors & Robotics
Energy
General & Miscellaneous
Health & Life Sciences
Manufacturing & Materials
Programme
DASA
Award
TBC
Opens:
October 1, 2019
Closes:
December 4, 2019


DASA is scoping the potential for an innovation challenge, seeking capability for remotely handling and manipulating highly sensitive liquid and solid explosives


Scope

The hazards of highly sensitive explosives and the associated health and safety concerns mean that manual handling of significant masses is undesirable.

A remote handling and manipulation capability is essential for the UK to allow the required work with sensitive explosives to be safely undertaken. DASA are engaging the market in order to gain an understanding of whether this capability can be realised by:

   - adapting technologies from other market sectors
   - adapting capabilities already in development
   - using one system or a system of systems
   - developing novel innovations


Project size

TBC 


More information can be found here