UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £700,000 for projects that help protect children by identifying and disrupting the sharing of links to child sexual abuse material online. This funding is from the UKST challenge fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £700k
Opens: 7th Feb 2023
Closes: 15th Mar 2023
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Home Office and GCHQ to invest up to £700,000 in innovation projects that enhance UK capabilities in protecting children online. This funding is from the UK Safety Tech (UKST) challenge fund.
The aim of this competition is to enhance UK capabilities in protecting all users online, but in particular preventing harm of children online. The competition seeks to further develop a ‘safety by design’ culture in the UK in advance of upcoming regulatory changes.
Your project must develop new approaches, adapt existing technologies or scale up tools to prevent and block sharing of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) links on the clear web. We particularly encourage projects that seek to scale solutions or address barriers to scaling up solutions.
Innovate UK also encourage applicants working in wider innovation areas and diverse sectors to apply, as well as multidisciplinary teams and approaches.
Your project must also be able to demonstrate transparency, data protection and protect user privacy.
Innovate UK expect you to include user-centred design approaches to help achieve solutions that are impactful and are usable.
Your project must focus on one or more of the following:
All projects must develop new approaches, adapt existing technologies or scale up tools to identify and take further action on CSAM links.
Your project must:
Innovate UK encourage projects from diverse sectors including communications, advertising and finance.
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 and Belarusian entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian and 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.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
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 cannot use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Grant funding in this competition is awarded as Minimal Financial assistance (MFA). This allows public bodies to award up to £315,000 to an enterprise in a 3 year rolling financial period.
In your application you will be asked to declare previous funding received by you. This will form part of the financial checks ahead of Innovate UK making a formal grant offer.
To establish your eligibility we need to check that our support added to the amount you have previously received does not exceed the limit of £315,000 in the ‘applicable period’.
The applicable period is made up of:
(a) the elapsed part of the current financial year, and
(b) the two financial years immediately preceding the current financial year.
You must include any funding which you have received during the applicable period under:
You do not need to include aid or subsidies which have been granted on a different basis, for example, an aid award granted under the General Block Exemption Regulation.
Innovate UK will not fund projects which :
Innovate UK cannot fund projects that are:
Innovate UK have allocated up to £700,000 to fund innovation projects in this competition.
You can request 100% funding for your eligible project costs up to a maximum of £120,000.
If you are applying for an award funded under European Commission Regulations the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.
Book an appointment to speak to one of our advisors to discuss your eligibility to apply for this Grant Funding opportunity.