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Digital Economy and Creative Industries funding round-up

Posted on 09/10/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the digital & creative industries. Last updated 17th Feb 2020.

The funding landscape can be complex, so KTN’s Digital & Creative team have compiled a list of some of the latest funding calls relevant to digital and creative industries, notably IoT, 5G, Cybersecurity, Blockchain and FinTech, bringing them together in one place – find out more below.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help finding collaborative partners or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Cyber security academic startup accelerator programme year 4: phase 1

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

The aim of this competition is to identify the best commercial opportunities. Your proposal must 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.

For more details, click here. Closing date: 4th March 2020.

Demonstrators addressing cyber security in the Internet of Things: round 2

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million in collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects. These projects should result in a new product or products, industrial process or service, which must be proven in as part of a demonstrator.

The aim of this competition is to solve industry-focused major cyber security-related challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT). We will show preference to projects that include a plan to test near-to-market interventions and experiments in real environments.

Your proposal must address one of the following 2 themes:

  • Cyber resilient IoT systems for critical national infrastructures.
  • Secure and energy-efficient IoT systems in resource-constrained environments.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £4 million and you can claim a maximum of £2 million grant funding.

An online briefing event was held on 4 February 2020: view the recording.

For more details, click here. Closing date 15th April 2020.

Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - winter 2019/spring 2020

Registration opens: 12.12.2019, Closes 19.02.2020

Organisation: Innovate UK

Effective management can be the difference between thriving companies and failing companies. That is why Innovate UK has introduced a new programme designed to inject significant management expertise that expands business capability, increases efficiency and enables lasting change and growth.

The initiative is called a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP), and it runs alongside our highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme which has been helping companies innovate for growth for over 40 years. Read on for more information – and if you want to find out more, our one-hour Webinar at 10.00 on Tuesday 29th October is a further opportunity to have your questions about MKTP answered. The webinar is timed to provide you with all the information you need ahead of the funding competition open date on 12th December 2019.

Find out more here.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The KTP programme 2019 to 2020 is run continuously throughout the year.

Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 01.04.20.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

Click here to find out more.

In 2019/20, a new category of Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships will also be available. Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices. Applications open 12th Dec 2019 and close 19th Feb 2020. Click here for details.

SBRI rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2020

Registration opens: 13.01.2020, Closing date: 04.03.2020

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition and is open to organisations of all sizes from the UK, EU, or EEA.

The aim of the competition is to demonstrate innovations to stakeholders and railway customers in a representative railway environment.

This competition has 4 themes:

  • environmental sustainability
  • customer experience
  • optimised railway operations
  • optimised and cost-effective maintenance

We expect to fund projects with total eligible costs between £100,000 and £400,000, including VAT.

Click here for more info.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 2020

Registration opens: 09.01.2020, Closing date: 22.04.2020

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy, such as but not exclusively:

  • the arts, design and media
  • creative industries
  • science or engineering

Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas, this is not a requirement, as we are also keen to support projects in other areas.

Click here for more info.

Horizon 2020 CALL: FET Open - Novel Ideas for Radically New Technologies

Registration opens: 07.11.2017, Closes: 13.05.2020, 17:00

FET Open aims to establish European leadership in the early exploration of future technologies. It looks for opportunities of long-term benefit for citizens, the economy and society. It aims to mobilise Europe’s most creative and forward thinking researchers from all disciplines to work together and explore what may become the leading technology paradigms of the future.

This call for proposals includes the following topics. Click on the topic to link directly to the Participant Portal.

Click here for more info.

STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

Deadline for submissions: 01.04.21.

From start-ups to large corporates, B4I helps companies to overcome product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2bn worth of government investment in world-leading science facilities. Working closely with Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) research and innovation experts, companies can develop projects that address specific innovation challenges to accelerate business productivity.

Click here to find out more.