Innovate UK: Protecting Data in Industry – R&D Call


With the rising use of digital technology across all areas of society and the economy, the sophistication of cyber attacks – and their impact – is growing faster than the ability to detect and prevent them. What used to be an internet problem is now impacting the physical world. Manufacturing, transport and logistics, food production, healthcare, energy supply and generation and core city infrastructure all rely on the availability and accessibility of digital systems, thus creating a digital ‘supply chain’ for data.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital supply chains. The aim is to identify and fund industrial research that will strengthen the protection and resilience of such data, so businesses and the public can place higher levels of confidence in the delivery of digitally enabled business products and services. Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business. It is expected to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs.

There will be a briefing event held in 4 different parts of the UK:

1) Belfast – 25th March 2015 – Sign Up
2) Cardiff – 30th March 2015 – Sign Up
3) London – 31st March 2015 – Sign Up or Webinar – Sign Up
4) Edinburgh – 1st April 2015 – Sign Up

This is a 2-stage call, involving an initial expression of interest (following completed registration), with successful applicants being taken on to the full stage.

Registration of Interest Deadline – 29th April 2015 at 12pm
Expression of Interest Deadline – 6th May 2015 at 12pm

To find out more – Click Here
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Developing Non-Animal Technologies – Competition


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

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To view the agenda and register for the Webinar – Click Here

Collaborative R&D funding opportunity for Marine and Maritime Autonomous Systems


£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.

For further information online click here
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To register for the webinar click here

Innovation in location-based services

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5m in projects that stimulate innovation in the UK location-based services sector.

The aim of the competition is to support projects that capitalise on the increasing accuracy, coverage and speed of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as GPS and other non-satellite technologies such as iBeacon, Wi-Fi and radio frequency identification (RFID) to build innovative location-based services or improve existing services through user-centred design.

Registration is essential and briefing events are being run in London, Manchester and Bristol.

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TSB InnovateUK 2014 – save the date!


As the EPSRC budget continues to decline TSB is the next best hope for keeping your research portfolio healthy. TSB’s annual innovation networking and exhibition conference is scheduled to take place on 5-6 November at Old Billingsgate in London.

At the event you will be able to:

  • Connect with businesses at the UK’s largest innovation event
  • Showcase your innovations and share latest thinking with the business community
  • Develop ideas and explore collaborative opportunities across global markets
  • Network with UK and international business, government and academia

Attending this would be particularly useful to researchers and academics hoping to build more (and new) industrial contacts for future collaborations.