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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 21st October.

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.

Innovate UK Smart Grants July-October 2019

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.

All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

The current round of Smart Grants opened on 17th October 2019 and will close on 8th January 2020. Read more here.

Innovation loans: September 2019 open competition

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Your project should aim to develop new products, processes or services which are significantly ahead of anything similar in the field. You can also propose an innovative use of existing products, processes or services.

Applications are open from 23rd September 2019 to 27th November 2019. Click here for more details.

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:

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.

Enabling data access in accountancy, insurance and legal services

Registration opens: 14.10.19. Closing date: 20.11.19.

Award: Any project developed at the Innovation Lab can have a maximum grant of £1.5 million.

Organisation: Innovate UK

The aim of this competition is to speed up the responsible adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies and solutions in the accountancy, insurance and legal sectors by enabling better access to data. UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £3.5 million to this effect.

This is the second stage of a 2-stage competition. It is only open to proposals for research and innovation projects that were developed during the first stage, the Innovation Lab.

Click here to find out more.

CELTIC-NEXT autumn 2019: innovative 5G infrastructure and applications

Registration opens: 14.10.2019, Closing date: 11.12.2019, 12:00pm

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £2 million from the CELTIC programme, which is part of the EUREKA Network. This will be in collaborative R&D projects.

The aim of this competition is to encourage the development of 5G in an international collaborative environment by helping UK organisations take part in the CELTIC programme.

We are looking for proposals that develop:

innovative 5G infrastructure technologies that make use of artificial intelligence (AI) in network operation or multi-access edge computing (MEC)
applications and services that use 5G networks to offer new or improved user experiences
5G features in satellite networks or 5G applications and services that use satellites

Applications and services must focus on one or more of these use cases: the Internet of Things (IoT), the tactile internet, mission critical applications, infotainment and/or immersive technologies.

For more information, click here.

EPSRC call: ISCF Digital Security by Design Research Projects

Registration opens: 26.09.2019, Closing date: 07.01.2020

Up to £8M to support 6 – 9 research projects to cover all three objectives within the scope of this Call.

This call forms one part of the wider ISCF Digital Security by Design challenge, which is focussed on supporting both academic and industry research to enable the creation and potential adoption of a new technology platform with additional hardware protection capabilities.

The objectives of this Call are to support academic research for further investigation relating to the broader impact and opportunities of Capability Hardware and the prototype technology platform that is being created by the Arm-led consortium.

Click here for more info.

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: 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.

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: Modernising energy data access and information, phase 1

Registration opens: 16/10/2019, Registration closes: 02/01/2020, Closing: 08/01/2020
Award: In this first phase applicants can apply for a share of up to £480,000 for modernising energy data access.
Organisation: Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with BEIS and Ofgem

This competition is funded by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). It is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition.

It aims to solve the fundamental problem of exchanging digital energy information between energy organisations and with other stakeholders by supporting the development of products or services which can later be commercialised and employed to solve similar problems elsewhere. The challenge will be delivered in 3 phases. This is Phase 1. Successful applicants in each stage will be eligible to apply for subsequent phases.

Up to £1.9 million is available for projects which will accelerate the development of tools and processes to modernise data services for the energy sector. For the UK to achieve its net zero emission ambitions, we must further decarbonise our energy supply and demand across heat, power and transport.

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.