UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million to develop innovative solutions to challenges in emerging and enabling technologies.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Receive up to £1.4m
Opens: 5th Sep 2017
Closes: 8th Nov 2017
The aim of this competition is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources.
Projects must show significant innovation in one of these priority areas:
To be considered, proposals must:
Where possible, all projects should take customer or user needs into account. Projects costing more than £500,000 and lasting two years or longer: if these projects do not demonstrate an understanding of the customer or user needs, they must include this as a human-centred design element within the first six months of the project.
To carry out human-centred design you should:
Where applicable, please consider the cybersecurity implications in your proposal
An emerging technology is one that is still developing from, or has only recently developed from, the research base. It allows you to do something that was impossible or only theoretical before. That means it disrupts existing markets and gives us new ways to improve our lives and generate wealth.
Your project must lead to a significant change in business performance and bring a totally new technology to market. This competition is particularly eager to fund projects in:
You must demonstrate a significant development in, or use of, one or more of the following technologies:
Electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP)
You must propose an innovative project from across the range of ESP technologies, including:
Robotics and autonomous systems
Proposals should provide significant improvements on system abilities in:
Seeks innovative projects that provide a significant improvement in efficiency or user experience in the creative industries.
This competition is looking for innovations in commercially exploitable applications of satellite data or signals. Applications are welcome from all specialisms. Innovations must involve, or relate to, the use of one or more of the following technologies:
Projects that include development of new satellite instruments or hardware are eligible so long as they have a clear path to exploitation as part of a service or application that uses satellite data or signals.
**Eligible technology definitions**
Where applicable you must follow Innovate UK’s definitions for the following technologies:
For more information on these definitions, click here.
All projects must involve an SME, and only an SME can lead projects below £100,000.
Any one business or RTO may lead on one application and partner in a further 2 applications.
If an RTO is:
Academics cannot lead on an application but can be a collaborator in any number of applications.
Funding and project details
Up to £15 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition
Projects with costs:
Up to £10 million has also ben allocated for KTPs.
Your project may focus on technical feasibility (including human centred design studies), industrial research or experimental development.
For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could receive up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME.
For experimental development projects that are nearer to market, you could receive up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are an SME
Projects will range in size from total project costs of £35,000 to £2 million. Projects must last between 3 months and 3 years.