Open up the potential of Innovation

Open innovation: the key to success?

Discover how open innovation can connect your SME to global companies, international opportunities and unparalleled potential for growth.

Opening up the potential of innovation

Public sector innovation challenges

Could you help solve the innovation challenges of the UK’s public sector organisations? Full funding and project support available.

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What is open innovation?

Open innovation offers a platform to harness the ideas, insights and experience of those who can help organisations do things better.

In an increasingly connected world, it's becoming easier to encourage companies to embrace open innovation to solve their most pressing business problems.

We're working with 13 businesses and public sector organisations to create a series of innovation challenges which are open for Scottish businesses to respond to.

The benefits

  • Share risk and reward
  • Collaborate, make new connections and grow profits
  • Gain a competitive advantage

Think you have what it takes? We'll help support you to success.

Who we're working with:

  • Doosan Babcock, Stena Line and SP Energy Networks
  • NCR, Weir Group, Subsea 7 and Raytheon
  • City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council and NHS Health & Social Care
  • Devro, Royal Bank of Scotland and Aker Solutions.

Implementation of Open Innovation will bring a number of benefits to the operation of the transmission and distribution network. Together with other companies and organisations based in Scotland we can boost innovation and provide the researchers and universities with workflow.

Eric Brunger , SP Energy Networks

NHS Scotland: IBD care

Could you develop technology that will improve the ongoing management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care?

NHS Scotland, in conjunction with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Government, will fund up to £400,000 for innovative technology and digital platforms that improve inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care.

The aim is to develop technology that will improve the ongoing management of IBD for people living with the disease.

The competition is looking for proposals that:

  • help patients manage their health from home
  • promote independence and help people to be more involved in decisions about their care
  • facilitate easier and quicker communication with clinicians

Organisations can carry out the project on their own or with others.

This competition has 3 phases.

  • Phase 1: technical feasibility. Projects should last up to 8 weeks. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £15,000 each
  • Phase 2: prototype development and testing. Projects should last up to 6 months. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £45,000 each
  • Phase 3: pre-commercial testing to support continued development of the solution. Projects should last up to 1 year. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £75,000 each

You must register before midday on 10 May 2017 and apply before midday on 17 May 2017.

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Data Lab: cancer innovation challenge

Could you develop an innovative technology solution to record and integrate cancer Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs)?

The Data Lab, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, and in collaboration with DHI Scotland and Stratified Medicine Scotland, is supplying funding to support technology solutions that will record PROMs and PREMs and integrate them into existing NHS systems to improve patient care.Organisations can carry out the project on their own or with others.

Apply for a share of up to £325,000 (inc VAT) for innovative technology approaches to record and integrate cancer PROMs and PREMs to improve patient care.

This competition has two phases.

Phase 1: technical feasibility. Projects should last up to 3 months. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £25,000 (inc VAT) each.

Phase 2: development and evaluation. Projects should last up to 6 months. Projects can range in size up to a total cost of £100,000 (inc VAT) each.

The competition opens on 3 April 2017, and you must submit your full application by 29 May 2017.

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Weir Group: minerals challenge

Could you help Weir Group’s mining customers increase efficiency and profitability by developing a solution to advance the classification and separation capability of the hydrocyclone circuit?

This solution, which can replace or increase the efficiency of the hydrocyclone circuit, must be cost-effective, with the potential to integrate into existing circuits, able to function in highly abrasive environments and must lead to an increase in process efficiency.

Improved classification and separation capabilities could result from the following:

  • Significant re-working of existing hydrocyclone circuit
  • Novel method for classification of particle size which can serve to separate ore in to two streams based on the size of the particles

Interested in applying? Send a concise abstract, describing the technical approach, alongside the background and description of the responding team to the below e-mail address.

Get in touch by 31 May 2017.

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How we can support you

Our experienced innovation specialists offer tailored support across a number of areas from product design, proof of concept, testing and market launch. 

They'll help provide the support you need to take on the challenge of open innovation.

Read about Seek and Solve

We'll support your new innovations through Seek and Solve. This grant will help you gather the knowledge and skills needed to develop new products and services, or significantly improve existing ones.

Read about intellectual asset protection

We offer free, impartial advice to help your business identify, manage and exploit intellectual property assets - protecting your brand and ideas in overseas markets.

Read about R&D grants

Whether your project aims to gather the knowledge and skills to develop new products and services or make significant improvements to existing ones, our R&D grant can help.