UK businesses can apply for a share of £2.4 million to work with Brazilian partners on innovative urban development solutions in Brazil
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £350,000.
Opens: 7th Nov 2016
Closes: 3rd May 2017
The aim of this competition is to fund collaborative technological solutions that address one or more of the challenges listed below.
Projects and their outcomes must fit with the official development assistance (ODA) criteria. This aims to boost economic development, and have a positive social or environmental effect on the wider Brazilian society.
Challenge 1: Integration and governance of city systems
Brazilian cities face the challenge of improving the collection of information that can inform policy-making, reduce cost and increase the quality of public services. Cities also benefit from being more transparent and accountable to their citizens. These goals can be achieved by developing solutions based on information and communication technology.
Consortia are encouraged to bring together eligible UK and Brazilian partners to put forward solutions for system development and platform integration tailored for the Brazilian urban context. For example:
Challenge 2: Urban infrastructure and affordable, smart mobility
Following decades of intense growth, Brazilian cities need to improve outdated infrastructure. There is also a need to solve the problem of ever-increasing traffic. New technologies provide the opportunity to address those issues in innovative, efficient and cheaper ways. This would also provide value to citizens and municipalities.
Consortia are invited to propose solutions that help Brazilian cities update their infrastructure. For example:
Challenge 3: Sustainable urban environments
The reality of climate change and dwindling natural resources means that we need to find more efficient and environmentally-friendly ways to use water, generate and store energy, and dispose of waste.
Eligible consortia are invited to develop innovative solutions that would allow Brazilian cities to use their resources in a more efficient and sustainable way. For example:
To apply for a Newton Fund award you must:
In the UK, Innovate UK have allocated up to £2.4 million to fund innovation projects in this competition. Innovate UK will fund the UK project partners and the Brazilian government will fund project partners from Brazil.
All projects must involve at least one UK business and one Brazilian partner. The project lead must be a business on the UK side.
Projects must focus on industrial research. Work packages that include elements of experimental development will be considered within projects that predominantly target industrial research. Those work packages that are primarily experimental development will receive the appropriate grant percentage.
For industrial research, you could get:
For experimental development work packages, you could get:
Projects are expected to last from 12 to 24 months with expected total UK project costs of between £200,000 to £500,000, giving rise to total UK grant of approximately £350,000.