Innovation, Research and Development

New £100,000 Fund to Support the Ethical Uses of Artificial Intelligence (Scotland) 2nd December 2019

Students, academics, start-up businesses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and public and third sector bodies active in Scotland can apply to a new £100,000 fund to support the ethical uses of the Artificial Intelligence. The scheme aims to explore the social benefits of machine learning and open up public discourse around the positive and ethical uses of this technology. The funding is being made available through Nesta in Scotland’s...

Civic Innovation Challenge Opens for Applications (London) 21st November 2019

Applications are now open for the 2019 Civic Innovation Challenge. This challenge, which was developed and delivered by the Social Tech Trust in partnership with the Mayor of London. brings together tech startups, leading organisations and London communities to co-create innovative solutions to complex social challenges. Now in its second year, the Civic Innovation challenge is seeking solutions to countering violent extremism online; helping...

Innovation Voucher Scheme - Follow on Funding (Scotland) 15th October 2019

The Scottish Funding Council has announced that the next deadline for applications under its Follow on Innovation Voucher Scheme is the 9th December 2019. The awards are specifically intended to encourage existing partnerships that have previously collaborated and jointly received funding. This can include the Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher awards scheme or any other funded activity. Businesses in partnership with Higher Education...

Cure Parkinson's Trust Grant (UK) 15th October 2019

Commercial organisations, appropriately qualified scientists or clinicians based in an accredited university or hospital in any country worldwide can now apply for funding for laboratory or clinical research projects. Projects should have the potential to advance knowledge that might lead to a cure for Parkinson’s disease or that represent a substantial advance in treatment. The Cure Parkinson’s Trust has a particular interest in projects...

£5 Million Available to Work With Partners in Africa on Innovative Agriculture and Food Projects that Alleviate Poverty (UK / International) 9th October 2019

Organisations working with partners in Africa on innovative agriculture and food projects can apply to a £5million fund. Innovation in agriculture and food systems is low in developing countries, particularly in Africa where only 28% of farmland is planted with modern crops compared with 65% globally. The funding is being made available by the Department for International Development and the Global Challenges Research Fund and is managed by I...

Business and Academic Partnerships: Apply for Funding (UK) 4th October 2019

Businesses across the UK are being invited to collaborate with an academic or research organisation and a graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), a scheme that helps businesses to innovate and grow. Up to £40 million in total is available for part funding of KTPs that will offer businesses the opportunity to access new skills and the latest academic thinking to help them deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. KTPs can l...

Nuffield Foundation Announces new £15 Million Strategic Fund (UK) 21st August 2019

The Nuffield Foundation is calling for applications to its new £15m Strategic Fund for ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects that will address some of the most important challenges facing UK society and the public policy agenda in the next decade. This is an opportunity for researchers to develop original and challenging ideas, to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to influence social policy in a period of rapid change and...

New Funding Round of Greenshoots Investment Initiative Launches Soon (England) 2nd May 2019

A new round of an investment initiative that enables independent games developers from the English Regions (outside Greater London) to kick-start the development and release of a new game launches on the 21st May 2019. The Greenshoots Fund supports games companies in early stage development and helps to stimulate the wider games industry. Previous recipients include Nottingham-based Pixel Squad, whose game Crime Coast, featured prominently acr...

Government Re-Launches and Extends Better Broadband Scheme (UK) 14th January 2019

The Better Broadband Scheme has been extended for a further year until 31st December 2019. The scheme offers a subsidised basic broadband connection to businesses and private dwellings where occupiers are unable to access download speeds of at least 2 mbps, and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband rollout within the next 12 months. The subsidy can be used to fund a variety of technology solutions, including satellite, 4G and fixed...