UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4 million for people-centred and system-aware design projects across a range of themes and innovation areas to influence their future R&D activity.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £4 million
Opens: 31st May 2023
Closes: 26th Jul 2023
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £4 million in innovation projects that use people-centred and system-aware design methods. This funding is from Innovate UK.
The aim of this competition is to help businesses use people-centred and system-aware design methods 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.
To be within scope for the responsive round of this competition your proposal must fall within one or more of the following 3 categories:
Your project must explore opportunities and ideas from the perspective of the people and socio-technical systems which will be involved with or affected by them. Their experiences, motivations and behaviour must be allowed to shape the challenge and ideas. This is to make sure that:
You must include activities to identify and involve relevant stakeholders sufficiently early and at appropriate points throughout the project. Your project team should 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 and relevant way.
Any prototyping activity within your project must:
Once the project has started successful applicants are encouraged to respond to findings emerging from the project and new discoveries made during the research and design process. This might include abandoning or rethinking your 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 and system-aware design processes or expertise. We encourage you to work with design experts to get the best results and to develop your own understanding and design capabilities.
Innovate UK want to fund a variety of projects that:
Innovate UK call this a portfolio approach.
In the responsive round, your project can focus on one or more of the following:
This list is not exhaustive.
Your project must:
Lead organisations must agree to contribute up to two days in support of Innovate UK activities to promote the use of people-centred and system-aware design. This will 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.
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:
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be a UK registered:
Your project team must include appropriate expertise in people-centred and system-aware 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 accepted, partners will be asked to login or to create an account, enter their own project costs and complete their own Project Impact questions into IFS.
To be an eligible collaboration, the lead and at least one other organisation must apply for funding when entering their costs into the application.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition. The costs associated with sub-contracting must not exceed 75% of the total project cost.
You can work with multiple subcontractors on a single project. Each subcontractor must be named on the application form, and each must have a unique and clearly defined role within the project.
A subcontractor can be a business of any size, academic institution, charity, not for profit organisation, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO).
Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK and you must select them through your usual procurement process.
You can use subcontractors from overseas but must make the case in your application as to why you could not use suppliers from the UK.
You must also provide a detailed rationale, evidence of the potential UK contractors you approached and the reasons why they were unable to work with you.
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 a further 2 applications.
If an organisation is not leading any application, it can collaborate in any number of 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 cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that are proposals to create prototypes or demonstrators in cases where the prototype:
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that:
Innovate UK have allocated up to £4 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
You can request 100% funding for your eligible project costs from £40,000 up to a maximum of £80,000. Your projects grant funding request must not exceed this maximum.
If your grant funding request does exceed this maximum, then your application will be made ineligible.
You can make reference to any additional voluntary contribution in your application answers. It must not be detailed in the finance section.
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 100% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.