UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for people centred and systemic design projects to inform and de-risk future R&D activity.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 30th Oct 2023
Closes: 10th Jan 2023
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £2 million in innovation projects that use design methods.
Eligible organisations can apply for funding to use people centred and systemic design methods to:
The aim of this competition is to help businesses adopt people-centric and systemic design principles to lay the foundations for innovative ideas with the potential to deliver significant benefits. These can be ideas for new or significantly improved products, services, places, or business models.
The focus of this competition is repairability, or Design for Repair (DfR), which is a design philosophy that aims to make products and services more easily repairable.
Your proposal must fall within one or more of the following categories:
In all cases, projects must explore opportunities and ideas from the perspective of the people who will be involved with or affected by them. Their experiences, motivations and behaviour must be allowed to shape the challenge and ideas to make sure that:
Your project must include activities to identify and involve relevant stakeholders sufficiently early and at appropriate points throughout the project. Your team must reflect the characteristics, culture and lived experiences of the people they are designing for or take steps to bring those perspectives into the project in a meaningful way.
Any prototyping activity within your project must:
Successful applicants are encouraged to respond to feedback and new discoveries made during the research and design process. This might include abandoning or rethinking their original ideas and changing the focus of planned R&D activity. Innovate UK will consider well-justified project change requests submitted via a project’s allocated monitoring service provider.
Applications are encouraged from organisations that have not previously used people-centred or systemic design processes or expertise. We encourage applicants to work with design experts as partners or subcontractors to get the best results and to develop their own understanding and design capabilities.
Innovate UK want to fund a variety of projects across different technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories. We call this a portfolio approach.
We reserve the right to select a portfolio of winners, subject to meeting the quality threshold, that:
The theme is repairability and is open to be applied in any product, service, place and business model, across all sectors.
Repairability is signifying an embedded and iterative optimisation looking toward change with long term benefits.
Your project must:
Projects must always start on the first of the month and this must be stated within your application. Your project start date will be reflected in your grant offer letter if you are successful.
You must only include eligible project costs in your application.
Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
You will be made ineligible if you exceed the Minimal Financial Assistance limit. You must submit a complete declaration as part of your application.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Lead organisations must agree to contribute up to two days in support of Innovate UK activities to promote the use of design in business innovation, or to help us improve our products and services. This activity could include, for example, taking part in interviews, supporting the creation of case studies, or contributing to seminars or showcases. You will not be required to share confidential information or intellectual property.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered:
Your project team must include appropriate expertise in design. Lead organisations without this capability are encouraged to work with designers as project partners or subcontractors.
Each partner organisation must be invited into the Innovation Funding Service (IFS) by the lead to collaborate on a project. Once partners have accepted the invitation, they will be asked to login or to create an account in IFS. They are responsible for entering their own project costs and completing their Project Impact questions in the application.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition. The subcontractor’s costs must not exceed 75% of the total project cost.
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
We expect all subcontractor costs to be justified and appropriate to the total eligible project costs. We will not accept a cheaper cost as a sufficient reason to use an overseas subcontractor.
A business of any size, charity, not-for-profit or public sector organisation can only lead on one application but can be included as a collaborator in two further applications.
Subcontractors can contribute to any number of applications. Lead organisations are advised to be mindful of their chosen subcontractors’ capacity to deliver should they be involved in more than one successful application.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Innovate UK will also not fund projects that are proposals to create prototypes or demonstrators, in cases where:
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that:
Innovate UK have allocated up to £2 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Your total project costs will be 100% funded. Total project costs detailed within your application must not exceed the maximum project size of £80,000 and must match the funding requested. If your total project costs do exceed the maximum then your application will be made ineligible.
Once a project has started, grant payments can be claimed monthly, and payments will be made in arrears based on eligible costs incurred and evidenced during that month.
You can make reference to any additional voluntary contribution in your application answers. It must not be detailed in the finance section.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.