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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 21st Jan 2020.

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.

Network Rail SBRI: railway platform end and edge technology, and gauging

Closes 22nd Jan 2020.

1) Opportunity for businesses to apply for a share of £1.08m+VAT to develop solutions to detect and deter trespass at railway platform ends & edges.

This will support the development of a technological and/or physical solution which will detect and deter trespass onto the railway from platform ends and edges.

Whilst Network Rail are eager to embrace new forms of innovation, the solution must be scalable to suit a variety of station environments. This will be tested through trials at multiple live station environments.

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £200,000 and £360,000, plus VAT.

Closes 22nd Jan 2020. Click here for details.

 

2) Innovation in automated survey processing for railway structure gauging, phase 1

Network Rail will invest up to £720,000 (plus VAT) in phase 1 of this competition. An extra £1,080,000 (plus VAT) will be available for phase 2. This will support the development of a technological demonstrator for automated structure gauging processing. The competition process is managed by Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation.

Gauging is the process through which Network Rail ensures adequate clearance between passing trains and lineside objects and features. The objective of this competition is to:

demonstrate innovations to Network Rail that will enhance the interpretation of point-cloud data
provide accurate information on the location and identity of trackside features to enable accurate gauging clearance processing

For phase 1, your project’s total eligible costs must be up to £90,000 plus VAT. Phase 1 projects must plan to start by May 2020 and end by July 2020.

Closes 22nd Jan 2020.

Click here to find out more.

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 13

Registration closes: 06 Feb 2020, 12:00
Final date for applications: 13 Feb 2020, 12:00
Eurostars will award up to 360,000 euros funding for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is the least.

This competition is aimed at micro, small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders.

These enterprises often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding.

A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.

Projects must be led by a research-performing SME.

Click here for more details.

ISCF TFP - science and technology into practice: feasibility studies

Registration opens: 18.11.2019, Closes: 26.02.2020
Award: Feasibility studies total eligible costs must be between £75,000 and £250,000. Up to 70% of costs can be covered depending on business size: for research organisations, 80% FEC is available.

Up to £15 million of grant funding is available through the Transforming Food Production Science and Technology into Practice programme. ISCF are running 2 strands through this competition:

  • feasibility study projects (this competition): we expect to spend £5 million
  • demonstration projects: we expect to spend £10 million

if your project is at a demonstration stage, click here for details of the relevant funding.

Click here for more information.

ISCF TFP science and technology into practice: demonstration

Registration opens: 11.11.2019, Closes: 26.02.2020
Award: Demonstration projects total eligible costs must be between £400,000 and £4 million. Up to 70% of costs can be covered depending on business size: for research organisations, 80% FEC is available.

Up to £15 million of grant funding is available through the Transforming Food Production Science and Technology into Practice programme. ISCF are running 2 strands through this competition:

  • feasibility study projects (this competition): we expect to spend £5 million
  • demonstration projects: we expect to spend £10 million

Click here for more information.

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 Proactive - High Performance Computing

Registration opens: 19.11.2019, Closing date: 22.04.2020

The HPC FET Proactive initiative aims to create a world-class European HPC ecosystem, by developing leading-class technology and solutions towards exascale performance for ambitious scientific/engineering applications and services. By benefiting from the convergence of HPC, Big Data and Cloud Computing technologies, the HPC ecosystem will provide innovative, usable and competitive solutions that will upraise Europe’s scientific capabilities and industrial competitiveness.

Click here for more information.

 

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.

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.