Innovate UK: Digital Health Technology Catalyst Open for Applications

Enhanced MRI scan of the head by Mark Lythgoe and Chloe Hunter CC BY-NC-ND

As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Innovate UK has today issued a call for feasibility studies and industrial research & development projects to address the challenges posed and opportunities offered by digital healthcare:

Digital health is evolving at a rapid pace and this is having a profound impact on healthcare delivery. Digital health uses data and technology to:

  • improve patient outcomes
  • improve access to healthcare
  • make more targeted and personalised health interventions
  • transform service delivery
  • deliver new treatments and translational medicine

The aim of this competition is to speed up the development of new digital solutions to healthcare challenges and grow the industry.

Feasibility studies are smaller scale projects of up to one year for between £50k and £75k. Industrial research and experimental development projects are larger, from £500k – £1M and for up to 3 years. Different levels of grant are available to businesses depending on the type of research and size of the company.

Both types of project should be led by a UK-based SME. A business can be involved in up to 3 applications but may only lead on one.

Research organisations can participate as collaborators, but are limited to 50% of the total project costs. In addition all projects must show how they will improve the competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME invovled in the project.

A briefing webinar is taking place tomorrow, 1st August, and the competition closes to applications on 11th October.

Please contact your Faculty RFPM at an early stage if you’re interested in applying.

 

 

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Innovate UK: Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems

Innovate UK have released a call on innovation in vehicle-to-grid systems:

So-called vehicle-to-grid technologies are expected to play a big part in making the UK’s electricity supply network smarter and in encouraging take-up.

Vehicles that can take electricity from the grid when demand is low and return it when demand is high could help to even out peaks and troughs and make the grid more efficient.

The UK government wants nearly all cars to be zero emission by 2050, and it sees a smarter and more flexible electricity system as a major benefit to consumers and a key to future growth.

The scheme comes in three variants: feasibility studies (total costs: £125k – £225k, up to 1 year duration); collaborative research and development (£375k – £1.5M, 18 months to 3 years); and real-world demonstrators (£1.5M – £7M, up to 3 years).

All types of project must be led by a business, though research organisations can participate in any of the three types of project as long as their costs do not exceed 30% of the overall costs.

There is a briefing event on 9th August in London and a brokerage event on 17th August. Applications must be submitted by 18th October.

Please contact your Faculty RFPM at an early stage if you’re interested in applying.

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Innovate UK in the North East of England: Grant Writing Masterclass

Innovate UK in the North East of England: Grant Writing Masterclass

Thursday 13 April, Northern Design Centre, Gateshead

There is no magic formula to getting grant funding but with a great idea, the right people, and a well-presented case, you put yourself in the best possible position.

You bring the ideas and the people, and KTN will help you present your proposal in a compelling and concise format suitable for Innovate UK applications as well as other grant programmes.

To register, visit the Innovate UK website.

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Innovate UK updates on Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Innovate UK has posted an update on its blog about the forthcoming Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which is part of the government’s commitment to invest £4.7bn extra in science and innovation over this parliament. Recent engagement workshops have produced a list of 8 focus areas and these are now being refined into more detailed challenge questions. Expect to see further updates in April, when the funding programme will begin.

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Innovate UK – Current Funding Opportunities

If you want to develop an innovative product or service, you may be able to apply for funding. Here is a summary of some of Innovate UK’s current funding opportunities:

Synthetic biology for transparent materials The Centre for Defence Enterprise is to invest up to £750,000 to investigate how synthetic biology can provide transparent materials for military use. We’re interested in new transparent materials that are thinner, lighter and offer better ballistic protection than we have now. Find out more and apply >

Vaccines for global epidemics – preclinical The Department of Health is to invest up to £25 million in projects to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases. This competition will support projects seeking to develop candidate vaccines and vaccine platform technologies at the preclinical stage. Find out more and apply >

Improving care for stroke patients Innovative organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.7 million to develop new ways of improving care for stroke patients at home. Find out more and apply >

Managing sickness absence Businesses and organisations can apply for a share of £500,000 to develop solutions that will help SMEs manage short-term sickness absence. Find out more and apply >

Using technology to improve dermatology NHS Scotland, in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise, will fund up to £450,000 for innovative technology and digital platforms that improve dermatology care. The aim is to develop technology that will improve diagnosis and ongoing management of skin conditions. Find out more and apply >
 

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Innovate UK Invests £15 million in the Health & Life Sciences sector

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or commercial challenges relevant to the health and life sciences sector that will lead to increased UK SME competitiveness, growth and productivity.

The Health and Life Sciences sector has a focus on agriculture, food and healthcare, underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical research and enabled by expertise in engineering and physical sciences.

The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden business innovation in health and life sciences, leading to an increase in productivity.

  • Grants can be awarded to consortia, led by a business of any size, working with other businesses and/or research organisations.
  • All consortia must involve at least one SME and they will particularly welcome projects led by an SME.
  • A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development depending on the challenge identified.
  • Projects can last from 6 to 36 months, with total costs of £50,000 to £2 million, depending on the type of project and activities proposed.

The competition opens on 12 Sept 2016. The deadline for applications is noon on 16 Nov 2016.

Competition Briefing Event

19 September 2016, London or webcast

Click here to register.

 

 

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Innovate UK: Robotics and Autonomous Systems Call

Shadow Hand Bulb by Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias CC BY-SA 3.0
Shadow Hand Bulb by Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias CC BY-SA 3.0

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are joining forces to fund industrially relevant research on robotics and autonomous systems.

The call is open now and the deadline for applications is 26th October 2016 (but be aware that as with most Innovate UK calls, you need to register a week beforehand, by the 19th October).

Robots that are independent of human control can learn, adapt and take decisions. These could revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. Disruptive technologies related to robotics and autonomous systems include mobile internet, automation of knowledge work, advanced robotics, and automated and autonomous vehicles.

We are particularly interested in projects that address one or more of the following:

  • system and system-of-systems engineering
  • system verification, validation and certification
  • design and manufacturing of robotic systems
  • multi-sensor system integration, data fusion and perception
  • control systems for remotely controlled or unmanned system operation
  • cognitive systems for autonomous system behaviour
  • human–robot interaction
  • robot–robot interaction
  • dependability, longevity and safety
  • actuation and locomotion
  • navigation, task and motion planning
  • software systems, architectures and tools

There are two funding streams:

  • Stream 1 is for projects of up to £100k and must be SME-led thought they can be collaborative with other businesses and research organisations (e.g. universities).
  • Stream 2 is for projects of £100k + and can be led by a larger business or SME. At least one SME must be involved in the consortium and research organisations can also take part.

In both streams the maximum contribution for research participants is 30% of the overall costs. If there is more than one research organisation participating this must be split between them. There are varying levels of contribution depending on the type of project (earlier stage technical feasibility or closer to market experimental development) and the size of business. Research organisations get the standard 80% of FEC as per normal Innovate UK/RCUK rules. Further details are in the competition guidance. There’s also a briefing webinar on 27th July which interested applicants should register to attend (only 20 tickets remaining at the time of posting!).

Northumbria staff: please get in touch if you are interested in applying.

 

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