UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £19 million for innovation projects in manufacturing and materials or infrastructure systems. A further £16 million is available for KTPs.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share up to £19m
Opens: 28th Nov 2017
Closes: 31st Jan 2018
Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million in innovation projects to encourage UK business growth in manufacturing and materials or infrastructure systems. Innovate UK want businesses to collaborate on new integrated solutions and business models.
There will be:
**A further £16 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)**
This competition has 2 strands; this is the Infrastructure Systems strand.
The aim of this Infrastructure Systems strand is to encourage innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for our economy, environment and society.
The UK has the potential to lead the world in the priority areas described in ‘Specific competition themes’. below. Proposals must show significant innovation in one of those themes.
Proposals must improve business growth and productivity or create export opportunities for at least one UK SME involved in the project. Innovate UK expect applicants to describe how the proposed innovation project fits into your partners’ overall international strategies.
You must consider the security implications of your solution.
To be eligible for funding you must:
All projects must involve an SME. SMEs can be the sole applicant on a project lasting less than a year and with costs below £100,000. In all other cases projects must involve at least 2 collaboration partners.
Infrastructure systems projects between 3 months to 1 year may be single or collaborative but must be led by an SME.
For projects with total costs between £100,000 and £3 million they must last between 1 to 3 years. These projects must be collaborative and involve an SME.
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 up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are a small business.
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are a small business.
Specific strand 2 competition themes
Projects which address any of the 4 priority areas of infrastructure systems are welcomed:
Smart infrastructure solutions will bring the digital and physical worlds together. They must add intelligence to physical infrastructure, or the design process, to improve:
2. Urban living
An urban living solution must address challenges citizens face in urban areas. It must cover more than one urban infrastructure system and provide significant improvements in costs and user experience. Urban infrastructure systems include:
You must demonstrate that your solution is:
3. Energy supply and systems
We are looking for innovations that improve value proposition, energy affordability and security, and reduce emissions in one of the following areas:
1. Energy supply. Solutions should either:
2. Energy systems. Solutions should flexibly match energy supply and demand profiles. Applications must either:
Solutions might include:
We encourage energy systems solutions that increase performance across different energy vectors, such as electricity and heat. We would also like to see solutions that address intermittency, power quality and provision of ancillary services from offshore wind.
4. Connected transport
We are looking for solutions that move people and goods more efficiently, and make transport more secure, user-centric and accessible. The project must show clear capability to connect infrastructure, people and goods with additional modes of transport.
Your application must address one of these 3 areas:
1. Capacity and congestion across different modes of transport. This includes freight and logistics (including ports), aviation (customer experience and connection services) and multi-modal passenger transport. We encourage solutions in smart asset management, mobility as a service, and the end-to-end journey, such as parking or better connections between modes of transport.
2. Accessible and safe transport for all sectors of society. We welcome projects that encourage innovation in accessible transport and a change in people’s travel behaviour.
3. Sustainability, including improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions and future-proofing connected transport.