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UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to develop innovative solutions to challenges in infrastructure systems.
This competition opened on 16 January 2017 and is now closed for registrations.
Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in projects to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems. We want businesses to collaborate to develop new integrated solutions and new business models.
We are looking to fund a portfolio of projects. These may include technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development projects. We expect projects to range in size from total eligible costs of £25,000 to £5 million. Projects should last between 3 months and 3 years.
Projects must show significant innovation in one of our priority areas:
- ‘smart’ infrastructure
- energy systems
- connected transport
- urban living
Proposals must improve business growth, productivity and/or create export opportunities for at least one UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) involved in the project.
There are 2 competition options:
- £5 million for projects that last from 3 months to 1 year with costs from £25,000 to £100,000
- £10 million for projects lasting from 1 year to 3 years with costs between £100,000 and £5 million
You must register before midday on 15 March 2017.
You must apply before midday on 22 March 2017.
- brokerage event on 31 January in Belfast
- brokerage event on 31 January in Coventry, focusing on connected transport
- brokerage event on 2 February in Edinburgh
- brokerage event on 7 February in Cardiff
Not right for your innovation project? View other Innovate UK funding competitions.
Published: 12 December 2016
Updated: 16 March 2017
- Removed registration link.
- Amended link in the competition brief to the guidance for applicants.
- Removed duplicate information: "For all project types, Research Organisations can receive up to 100% of eligible costs (80% of full costs for academics). The total allocation to Research Organisations is capped at 30% of the project budget. Research Organisations can include universities, research institutes, not-for-profits, Catapult programmes and local authorities." This is contained in general guidance for applicants.
- Clarification that "For all project types, Research Organisations can receive up to 100% of eligible costs (80% of full costs for academics). The total allocation to Research Organisations is capped at 30% of the project budget. Research Organisations can include universities, research institutes, not-for-profits, Catapult programmes and local authorities."
- Added link to briefing event recording.
- Projects between 12 and 36 months can have eligible costs of up to £5 million, not £2 million.
- Added clarification in the guidance that "any one research organisation may be a collaborative partner in any number of projects but research and technology organisations (RTO) and Catapults can only be the lead organisation in one".
- Added registration link to new brokerage event on 31 January in Coventry.
- Two additional paragraphs at the end of the 'requirements and eligibility' section. This explains the process around research and technology organisations leading a project.
- Added links to briefing events, guidance for applicants and registration link.
- Added briefing and brokerage event details.
- Removed mention of streams throughout the competition. This does not affect the two funding options. The options are just no longer referred to as streams.
- First published.