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Could you help solve the innovation challenges of the UK’s public sector organisations? 100% of your R&D costs covered if you can.

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We're working in partnership with Innovate UK and a range of public sector organisations to fund and promote a series of innovation challenges currently faced by the UK's public sector.

Through this programme, we can help you access funding of up to £100,000 to test an idea, and up to £2 million or more to develop or demonstrate solutions in the field.

What does that mean?

This offers you the chance to apply for a series of innovation challenges that provide 100% funding, through competitive R&D contract opportunities.

We’re searching for fresh, original ideas to help us pair the talents of smaller companies with the business issues of public sector organisations.

Whether you’re re-purposing existing technology from another field or creating innovative solutions from scratch, we'll connect you with organisations that need your skills.

The innovation challenges cover a range of industry sectors, including:

  • Emerging and enabling technologies
  • Digital economy
  • Health and life sciences
  • Manufacturing and materials

And with our dedicated innovation support services, we’re able to support you all the way through the innovation journey.

Why should you get involved?

You'll have access to current and specific demands for new products and services. 

If successful, the funding will take you all the way to the crucial first customer trial and reference site, and offer you the opportunity to break into a large public sector market.

You retain the right to exploit your intellectual property and, potentially, use the initial public sector customer as a stepping stone into even larger private sector markets. 

The challenges

Smart cities - living lab challenge 

Up to €3.6m available for the development of a Smart City, living lab innovation platform. 

The 'SELECT for cities' competition is built around the premise that cities across the world require new methods, technology and tools to foster open innovation to solve challenges, increase value for their cities and businesses - and, eventually, become 'smart cities'. 

Central to this is the development of the Internet of Everything (IoE). It's one of the dominant drivers in shaping the way people manage and live in urban environments. However, progress has been slow due to a number of barrier s - including a lack of common standards, fragmented marketplace and lack of investment in solutions. 

Could you help develop an open, standardised, data-driven, service-orientated and user-centric platform to enable large-scale co-create, testing validation of IoE applications and services? 

Get more detail about the challenge - and the competition cities (Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki) below. 

Discover more about this challenge

How we can support you

From product design to proof of concept, through prototype testing and market launch,  our experienced team of innovation advisers are on-hand to help.

We can support your innovations in a number of ways.

If you're looking for funding to research your ideas, improve existing products or develop new ones, then our advisers can provide the steer you need to get ahead.

Discover our innovation support

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