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: 16th Jan 2017
Closes: 22nd Mar 2017
The aim of this competition is to stimulate innovation in the infrastructure systems that provide critical services for our economy, environment and society.
There are 4 priority areas:
The UK has the potential to lead the world in future markets in these areas. The trend is for smart infrastructure, adding data layers, intelligence and innovative capability. With increasing economic, social and environmental pressures, solutions are required that make sure systems:
Smart and resilient infrastructure solutions are likely to be multidisciplinary. Businesses in energy, construction and transport will work together. Solutions will include new technologies from the following sectors:
Innovate UK is 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.
Proposals must also improve business growth, productivity and/or create export opportunities for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
Specific competition themes
For more information on specific themes, please click here.
Funding and project details
Stream 1: Project costs of £25,000 to £100,000
If you are a UK SME and expect your total eligible project costs to be between £25,000 and £100,000, you may run the project on your own. You may also work with other businesses and/or research organisations.
Stream 2: Project costs of £100,000 to £5 million
If you expect your total eligible project costs to be more than £100,000, you must work with at least one other organisation. At least one partner must be a UK SME.
Your project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development.
The total allocation to RTOs is capped at 30% of the project budget. RTOs can include universities, research institutes, not-for-profits, Catapult programmes and local authorities.