Funding competition: design foundations 2017 round 1

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for early-stage design projects working on identifying opportunities and generating ideas.

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This competition opened on 16 January 2017 and is now closed for registrations.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in early-stage design projects to help businesses identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate ideas. These should be for new products, services or business models that align with customer demand.

Proposals should use design-led methods from first principles to understand customer motivations and behaviour, inspire new ideas, support decision-making and inform strategy.

We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £20,000 to £100,000. Projects should last between 3 and 9 months.

A single UK business must lead the project, but you can sub-contract design services for up to 70% of the total project cost.

You must register before midday on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

You must apply before midday on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

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Published 16 January 2017
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