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ISCF Next Generation Services Challenge: Competition Briefings

Posted on 04/05/2018

Up to £20m available for engagement in R&D in the emerging new technologies based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the data economy.

This series of competition briefings is organised by KTN on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government will invest up to £20M in the Next Generation Services industrial strategy challenge fund (ISCF).

The objective of the Challenge is to maintain the leadership position of the UK in global high-value services by developing a targeted approach to support the sector’s engagement in R&D in the emerging new technologies based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the data economy, one of four ‘Grand Challenge’ areas identified in the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper.

The scope of this challenge is limited to legal services, accountancy and insurance which are high-value data-driven services under the broader category of Professional Business Services and Financial Services.

The challenge will include an initial CR&D call of up to £12m and an initial Research Programme call of up to £3m. A programme of CR&D briefing events are being hosted around the UK in June. Please follow the links below to register your interest:

·      London 5th June

·      Manchester 11th June

·      Cardiff  19th June

·      Edinburgh 21st June

·      Belfast 26th June

The briefing events will include:

·      an opportunity to hear about the objectives and scope of the CR&D programme

·      an opportunity to learn how to get involved in the CR&D programme

·      opportunities to network and develop ideas and partnerships for the competitions

·      an opportunity to meet with UKRI, KTN and wider stakeholders.

The ESRC will be holding a series of Town Hall events for potential applicants to the Next Generation Services Research Programme to find out more about the objectives and expectations of the Call and to provide an opportunity for academic networking and collaboration:

·      Belfast: 21st May

·      London 22nd May

·      Edinburgh 23rd May

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