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Cyber security academic start-up accelerator programme year 3 phase 1

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Funding details
Registration opens
11 Feb 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
11 Feb 2019, 00:00
06 Mar 2019, 00:00
Up to £32000 per project
Innovate UK, part of UKRI, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to invest up to £800,000 in innovative cyber security ideas coming from the academic research base.

The aim of this competition is to identify the best commercial opportunities in academia in respect to cyber security. Your proposal should include the area of your research, the problem that you are solving and your proposed solution.

You must be based in a UK academic institution, have a cyber security idea and be interested in commercialising it.

This is phase 1 of a 1-year programme and will last up to 4 months. Successful applicants will take part in a 2-month building value proposition activity, then present to an independent judging panel. The panel will decide which teams can continue to a 2-month market validation activity.

Phase 1 is to determine the value of the idea and, if appropriate, to identify the best commercial route to progress. The programme will be supported by industry experts, including those from cyber security.

Successful applicants will be invited to apply for phase 2 to build a minimal viable product.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £5,000 and £32,000.

DCMS has allocated up to £800,000 to fund cyber security ideas through this competition.

We are looking to fund up to 25 applications.

Applicants can apply for funding for up to 100% of their eligible project costs. This can only include salary, travel and subsistence.

No more than £16,000 can be allocated to the initial 2 months of the programme.

Your project must start on 1 April 2019.

Applicants with ideas that demonstrate the most potential for commercialisation will be invited to participate in phase 2, where funding is available to build a minimum viable product.

Lead applicant

To be eligible for funding you must:

  • be based in a UK academic institution
  • have a cyber security idea
  • be interested in the commercialisation of your idea
  • have the support of your academic institution’s technology transfer office, or equivalent

Your academic institution can collaborate with other academic institutions. Collaborators can claim funding.

All individuals based in a UK academic institution are eligible, including but not limited to early career researchers and senior academic researchers.

The grant will be paid to the academic institutions at the end of each activity.

Webinar briefing

There will be a webinar briefing on Wednesday 13th February. Click here to register.

Building value proposition and market validation activities

Applicants must be dedicated to the project for the 2-month building value proposition activity from 1 April 2019. If we decide you can continue to the market validation activity you must be dedicated for the additional 2 months until the end of July 2019.

To participate in and complete the initial 2-month programme, successful applicants must attend 3 events in London. The planned dates are:

  • 2 to 3 April: 2 day boot camp.
  • 30 April to 1 May: 2 day mid-programme review.
  • 30 or 31 May: one day pitch to selection panel.

To participate in and complete the additional 2 months for market validation, applicants recommended by the selection panel must attend 4 events in London. The planned dates are:

  • 4 to 6 June: Infosecurity Europe exhibition, you must attend a minimum of one day.
  • 10 to 11 June: 2 day boot camp.
  • 3 to 5 July: 3 day mid-programme review.
  • 25 or 26 July: one day pitch to selection panel.

These events will be organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Successful applicants will be contacted by KTN with full details on the programme, including definite dates.

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