Open innovation opportunities

What is open innovation?

Open innovation offers a platform to harness your ideas, insights and experience to 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.

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Ideas, insight and experience

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

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Full funding for R&D projects

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

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Active challenges

Are you a small or medium enterprise based in Scotland looking for opportunities to collaborate with a larger organisation? 

We're currently seeking innovative solutions to a series of challenges with some major operators. This is your chance to work on a specific project, share your expertise and ideas and strengthen your competitiveness. 

Click on the links to find out more and register your interest.

Stena Line

Maintaining optimal TBN in marine lubricating oils challenge 

Energy recovery from ship engine exhaust gases

Maintenance free life rafts

Automatic identification and tracking of vehicles and cargo with increased fire risk

Instant fire detection on open cargo decks on roll-on/roll-off vessels

The unsinkable ship: Instant foam-forming agents

The unsinkable ship: Permanent installations

Carbon Trust

Offshore Wind Accelerator competition: Sub-sea inspection methods

Subsea 7

Non-Invasive Inspection (NII) of cathodic protection systems in pipelines

Realtime detection of wax, asphaltene and hydrate accumulation in pipelines

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.

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 Seek and Solve

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 intellectual asset protection

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.

Read about R&D grants

Open innovation partners

We're working with the following organisations to identify innovation opportunities:

  • 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

Read our insight

"Open Innovation Premise – very few problems we face are totally new. Someone, somewhere has created solutions to the problems we face which may be in adjacent technologies. Open innovation is a process of moving from a challenge to a better solution quicker. We view this as a game changer as we are not limited by our own knowledge or experience."

Alan Gordon, Innovation Director , StenaLine