Animal models are not always accurate predictors of the effects of a new substance on humans, animals and the environment. The use of non-animal technologies in a limited number of areas has already significantly reduced attrition and improved human safety. Recent advances in relevant fields in the biosciences offer many more opportunities for these systems to transform drug and chemical development. Innovate UK, in collaboration with other funders, are to invest up to £6m in collaborative R&D projects that support the development and application of non-animal technologies in the UK, with the aim to harness advanced technologies emerging from the research base and assess their potential to better predict the impact on humans and the environment of new molecular and chemical entities.
Innovate UK, NC3Rs, BBSRC, EPSRC, and the MRC aim to support projects that will improve the discovery (early stages when active substances and their potential uses are identified) of new human and veterinary medicines, agrochemicals and chemicals and their assurance for effectiveness and safety as they are developed.Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business, with the expectation to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a large business partner can claim up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). It is expected that projects are to range in size from total costs of £500,000 to £1 million.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 23rd March 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 29th April 2015 and the deadline for expressions of interest (stage one) is noon on 6th May 2015. There will also be a briefing event and webinar for potential applicants at the end of March:
Date: 26th March 2015 Time: 10:00am – 12:30am Location: London
As part of the Horizon 2020 ICT calls, Innovate UK are organising two networking events, aiming to give opportunity to find out more about the different calls, gain key insight into current EU positions and have opportunity to discuss current and future projects in each field.
Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects:
The Horizon 2020 ICT 30 call has opened, with €51M available for large projects and coordination action in Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects. ICT 30 cuts across several LEIT-ICT technological areas (smart systems integration, cyber-physical systems, smart networks, big data) and brings together different generic ICT technologies and their stakeholder constituencies to develop technological platforms which will have a strong influence on the way in which we live and work.
This networking event will offer insight into how the H2020 process works, provide key details of the call, allow you to meet representatives of the PPPs and have the opportunity to flag your interest by presenting your credentials and/or outline project proposals.
Date: Thursday 27th November 2014 Time: 09:30 to 17:00 Location: Congress House, WC1B 3LS
ICT call 2 in Horizon 2020 will provide an €83 million opportunity for funding of Robotics and Autonomous Systems and by attending this briefing and networking event, you will get the opportunity to:
— Hear directly from the European Commission on their priorities for RAS and where they are looking to fund proposals
— Understand the UK Government’s perspective on RAS in Horizon 2020 from the Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark MP
— Familiarise yourself with euRobotics AISBL, the RAS Public Private Partnerships and how they interact with the EU Commission to deliver activity in Horizon 2020
— Learn from the experience of past projects that have been through previous EU funding schemes
— Discover possible new collaboration opportunities through a series of ‘current issues’ presentations from relevant organisations with a RAS concern
Date: Tuesday 25th November 2014 Time: 09:00 to 17:00 Location: BIS Conference Centre, SW1H 0ET
Innovate UK (formerly TSB) is to invest up to £1m in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in the area of user experience (UX). The aim is to encourage new, enhanced forms of interaction between computing systems and the people who use them. Proposals may address technologies that contribute to these new forms, such as sensing information about the user, or those that improve specific types of experience, such as mobile and wearable devices. This requested innovation could be in underlying technologies, in combining emerging technologies, or in employing tools to improve the user experience.
Examples of such innovations include, but are not limited to:
Sensors and Interactions
Mobile User Experience
Multiple Device User Experience
Brain Controlled Computing
Combinations of Emerging Technologies
A Briefing event is being held for this competition: Location: Victoria, London OR Online Webinar Date: 14th November 2014 Time: 09:30(10:00 for Webinar) until 13:30
Meeting the Challenges of Commercialising Robotics
Date: 14th October 2014
Efforts to commercialise robotics research face numerous challenges including capital investment, public perception, health & safety concerns & technology readiness. This event will explore key barriers to the technology transfer of robotics to market, focusing on the valuable application of autonomous technology & impact, plus the challenges to uptake by industry, & the ROI.
For further details, and to register – click here.
Sensors in the Environment
Date: 15th-16th October 2014
Duration: All day
Organiser: Sensor 100
This new Conference, named ‘Sensors in the Environment’, will follow the same format as the very successful Sensors in Medicine series. The Conference objective is to bring together academic and commercial experts to explore new ideas and innovations in the application of sensors to environmental monitoring.
£5m Collaborative R&D funding for Marine and Maritime Autonomous Systems
Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and the Ministry of Defence (through the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) are to invest up to £5m in collaborative R&D projects to stimulate the development of marine and maritime autonomous systems, with the aim of the competition to build collaboration to meet the technological challenges and opportunities afforded by the increasing use of autonomous systems across the industry.
If you would like to find out more about this funding opportunity, there is opportunity to attend the competition briefing event, online or in person, on the 15th October in London, which will give further information regarding its scope, the application process, key dates etc. as well as the chance to meet and network with peers, market leaders & innovators in the marine industry.
The two-stage competition, opens for applicants on 13 October 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 26 November 2014.