UK businesses can apply for a share of £1 million for early-stage, human-centred research and design projects to influence future R&D activity.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £1 million
Opens: 13th Aug 2018
Closes: 19th Sep 2018
The aim of this competition is to help businesses that want to explore opportunities to innovate based on customer, user and stakeholder needs and behaviours.
It is relevant to businesses wanting to generate new ideas for more useful and desirable products, services or business models. It is also appropriate for businesses that want to test their existing, undeveloped ideas with people, before committing to further research and development (R&D) investment.
Early-stage research and design projects can help businesses decide where to focus their innovation efforts. They can help to communicate ideas and provide evidence of market demand to support a:
Projects must work directly with customers or users to understand their needs and behaviours. These factors ultimately determine market demand and adoption so, by addressing them early, businesses can de-risk their R&D process.
Projects must use proven human-centred research and design processes, such as:
Your project must aim to generate new ideas or to user-test and improve existing ones. You must use proven, human-centred research and design processes. You can include activities or work packages to:
Your project can explore innovations relating to physical or digital products, services or business models.
To be eligible to lead a project you must:
Businesses can work alone or in collaboration with project partners. If an RTO is leading the application, they must have at least one business collaborator.
Your project’s total costs can be between £10,000 and £40,000, including the requested grant value and the applicant’s contribution.
Projects must start by 1 January 2019, end by 31 March 2019 and last no more than 3 months.
You can apply for a grant to cover:
If you are sub-contracting:
Innovate UK will not fund: