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Emerging and Enabling Technologies funding round-up

Posted on 14/08/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the Emerging and Enabling Technologies sectors. Updated 18th of October, 2019.

The funding landscape can be complex, so KTN’s Emerging and Enabling Technologies teams have created a list of some of the latest relevant funding calls for the Emerging Technologies, Quantum and Position and Navigation and Timing (PNT) sectors, as well as for the Electronics, Photonics, Sensors and ICT ones.

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

Commercialising quantum technology: large collaborative projects round 1

Registration opens: 05.08.19. Closing date: 30.10.19.

Award: The project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £10 million. Up to 70% of project costs can be covered.

Organisation: Funded through the Quantum Commercialisation programme of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)

The aim of the competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK through the investment of up to £27 million in innovation projects. Projects should focus on one or more of the following technical challenges: connectivity, situational awareness and computing.

The projects must exploit second-generation quantum techniques.

Click here to find out more.

Commercialising quantum technology: feasibility and industrial research

Registration opens: 05.08.19. Closing date: 30.10.19.

Award: The project’s total eligible costs must be below £500,000 or  £50,000 for market research projects. Up to 70% of project costs can be covered.

Organisation: Funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)

The aim of the competition is to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK. This is achieved through the investment of up to £6 million in innovation projects which address one or more of the following technical challenges: connectivity, situational awareness and computing. Projects must exploit second-generation quantum techniques and demonstrate how the technology will contribute towards the commercialisation of quantum technologies in or from the UK.

Applications can be single or collaborative and must be led by a business. All applications must include a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

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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:

Digitising and Transforming European Industry and Services – Digital Innovation Hubs and Platforms (H2020-DT-2018-2020) – Share of over €190m for 2020 Call Topics. Deadline: 13.11.19

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.

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.

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Innovation loans: September-November 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.

Your proposal can use any technology from any part of the economy.

Your project must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. We will give priority to proposals likely to lead to growth and gains in productivity.

Click here for more details. Apply by 27.11.2019.

Advanced Vision for 2020 and Beyond: Electro-Optics and Infrared

Registration opens: 01.08.2019

Award: Up to £2.5m total funding

Organisation: Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

Electro-Optic and Infrared (EOIR) sensors are a key military capability used for surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, threat warning, target detection and more. A particularly important attribute of EOIR sensors is high image resolution, which is critical for accurate identification of objects of interest. The ever evolving nature of military operations means that we wish to invest in novel and resilient technologies that can function in contested/congested environments, that will extend the range, lower the cost and size, and expand the range of targets that can be addressed by EOIR sensors.

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), aims to develop and demonstrate a number of novel technologies or applications in the area of EOIR to address the future need for highly capable and affordable sensors.

Click here to find out more.

EPSRC call: ISCF Digital Security by Design Research Projects

Registration opens: 26.09.2019. Closing date: 07.01.2020

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Digital Security by Design challenge is executing a mission to increase the protection of software in the light of increased cyber attack against various class of software vulnerabilities, through additional hardware protection capabilities architected around the containment of pointers, and the privilege by which regions of fine grain data can be accessed.

Leveraging the Capability Hardware concepts and approaches investigated by the CHERI program (led by the University of Cambridge), a consortium led by Arm is investigating a prototype silicon-based solution based on Arm AArch64 architecture. This prototype solution will be made openly available to academics and businesses across the UK, so as to provide early access, evaluation, and the opportunity to feed back on the proposed major change to the instruction set architecture of a processor, while investigating the broader impact to various aspects of computer science and ICT in general.

Up to £8m (at 80% FEC) is available for academic research in this area, supporting 6 to 9 research project.

Click here for more details.

UK-China: precision for enhancing agricultural productivity

Registration opens: 14.10.2019. Closing date: 15.01.2020

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MoST) are each investing around £5 million in innovation projects. Innovate UK will fund the UK partners and MoST will fund the Chinese partners.

The aim of this competition is to encourage the use of data-intensive methods for commercial farming. This approach, described as either ‘precision farming’ or ‘smart farming’, is defined as the complete incorporation of:

  • monitoring
  • intelligent decision support
  • action planning
  • timely and effective intervention autonomous technologies (sensors, systems, vehicles and robotics)
  • data-driven solutions to enhance productivity while reducing emissions

Click here to find out more.

Funding for SMEs in the manufacturing sector

Registration opens: 01.06.2018. Closing date: 29.04.2020
Award: Up to 50,000 euros in funding
Organisation: KET4CleanProduction (Horizon 2020 project)

Are you an SME working in the manufacturing sector? If  you have a project to integrate key enabling technologies (KET – micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies) to solve clean production challenges, this funding opportunity is for you.

European project KET4CleanProduction is offering micro grants for projects that would use key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges.

You will need to team up with at least two KET technology centres (KET TCs) to work on your project.

Click here to find out more.