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Competition Briefing Edinburgh - Next Generation Services: Enabling Data

This competition briefing event is organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £3.5 million to develop data access methods to enable the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies in the accountancy, insurance and legal services sector.


In this competition, individuals can apply, on behalf of their organisation, to take part in a 3-day residential Innovation Lab. The selected participants will work together to develop consortia and project proposals to enable a more accessible data environment within the accountancy, insurance and legal sectors. After the Innovation Lab, the developed project collaborations will have 3 weeks to finalise their proposals before submitting them for assessment.


The competition briefing event will include an opportunity to:

  • hear about the objectives and scope of the competition
  • learn how to get involved in the programme opportunities
  • network with industry and academic experts
  • meet with UKRI, KTN and wider stakeholders


Competition briefing events will be held in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Please register using the links below:

London – 02 July 2019 (The London event will be filmed and webcast for those unable to physically attend one of the 3 briefings. Please register for the online webcast here.)

Manchester – 10 July 2019


Background: Next Generation Services Challenge
The Next Generation Services Challenge is a £20 million pioneer funding programme part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The objective of the challenge is to support the leadership position of the UK in global high-value services by developing a targeted approach to increase the sector’s engagement in R&D in the emerging new technologies based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the data economy, one of four ‘Grand Challenge’ areas identified in the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper. The scope of this challenge is limited to legal services, accountancy and insurance.