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Digital Economy and Creative Industries funding round-up

Posted on 12/03/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the digital & creative industries.

Updated: 12th April 2019

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.

Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a document providing an overview of the UK’s relationship with Horizon 2020. This is followed by a Q&A, which clarifies the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020. Calls of particular relevance to digital and creative industries include:

Digital Security (H2020-SU-DS-2018-2019-2020) – This Call deals with R&D and innovation towards enhancing digital security. Deadline: 22.08.19.

Cybersecurity (H2020-SU-ICT-2018-2020) – Businesses can apply for a share of €50m in creating innovative solutions for Cybersecurity. Deadline: 19.11.19.

Click here to find out more about other Horizon 2020 calls.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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

Registration opens: 04.04.19. Closing date: 29.05.19.
Registration opens: 30.05.19. Closing date: 24.07.19.
Registration opens: 25.07.19. Closing date: 02.10.19.
Registration opens: 03.10.19. Closing date: 11.12.19.
Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 05.02.20.
Registration opens: 06.02.20. 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.

UK and South Korea: joint research and development

Deadline for submissions: 05.06.19.

The UK and South Korea announce a joint funding competition for R&D projects under the EUREKA programme. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million.

This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects, which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative and involve a technological risk.

Click here to find out more.

Open Call: SMARTEEs (SMART Emerging Electronics Servicing DIH)

Deadline for submissions: 20.09.19.

SmartEEs is a European acceleration program. It is looking for innovative companies (start-ups, SMEs or a mid-cap businesses) that are interested in integrating flexible electronics technologies to diversify their activity and develop new products or services. If you have an idea, but need technologies, expertise and resources, SmartEEs could help you.

Businesses can apply for a share of €165k to discover and review more than 35 flexible electronics technologies.

Click here to find out more.

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.