UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to develop innovative solutions to challenges in infrastructure systems.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £3.5m
Opens: 10th Jul 2017
Closes: 13th Sep 2017
The aim of this competition is to stimulate innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for our economy, environment and society.
The UK has the potential to lead the world in our 4 priority areas:
Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects. These may include technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. Projects must show significant innovation in one of the priority areas (described further in the next section). Proposals must also improve business growth, productivity and/or create export opportunities for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
There are 4 specific themes for this competition:
Smart infrastructure solutions that bring the digital and physical worlds together. Solutions must add intelligence to physical infrastructure, or the design process, to improve:
An urban living solution must address the challenges citizens face in cities and urban areas. Solutions must solve problems that span more than one of the following urban system types:
Innovate UK are looking for innovations with the ability to flexibly match changing energy supply and demand profiles of the future. These must create or demonstrate smart system solutions that integrate energy generation and demand at local, regional or national scale.
Innovations that lead to major cost reductions, improved asset integrity and supply chain development. This will be for the current and future UK and global civil nuclear markets, including decommissioning.
Innovations that, when in use, will result in substantial reductions in the cost of energy from offshore wind.
Innovate UK are looking for solutions that encourage more efficient transport of people and goods. Although the initial activity may focus on a single mode of transport, there must be potential within the life of the project to connect infrastructure, people and goods with additional transport modes.
Applications must address one of the following strategic areas:
To be eligible for funding you must:
To lead a project you must:
There is up to £5 million for projects that last from 3 months to 1 year.
There is up to £10 million for projects lasting from 1 year to 3 years, with costs between £100,000 and £5 million inclusive.
Your project can focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. This will depend on the challenge.
For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get: