We solve commercial challenges with North East talent

All organisations come across problems they can’t fix from time to time. We help to overcome these challenges by identifying innovative technologies, talent and services of businesses in the North East of England.

By using Innovation Challenge big businesses solve problems quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Smaller companies get the chance to work in a new market or win a new contract. It’s win-win for the region, helping businesses here to innovate, grow and thrive.

Improving operations through machine learning

Technical feasibility of using machine learning help Innovate UK reduce costs and work more efficiently

Deadline: 06 September 2017

Improving operations through machine learning

Background: The aim of this competition is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Innovate UK’s operational functions. Innovate UK is looking for as many ideas as possible for how machine learning can help it make the best use of its existing data. You can find out more about the data that Innovate UK will […]

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Eureka Eurostars 2 Call 8

Funding to support SMEs working on high-quality research and development projects across national borders.

Deadline: 07 September 2017

Eureka Eurostars 2 Call 8

Background Small businesses working on high-quality research and development projects across national borders often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. Eurostars will help SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by: easing access to support and funding the possibility to innovate by […]

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Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange Call for ideas

Innovative solutions needed for internal structural monitoring, subsurface structural inspection, off shore heavy lifting and high quality off shore service.

Deadline: 08 September 2017

Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange Call for ideas

Background: The UK offshore wind industry must continue to reduce costs and provide increased value for money for consumers, presenting a great opportunity for British businesses. OWiX is an innovation programme that has worked closely with offshore wind farm operators and manufacturers to identify high priority innovation challenges. It is now looking for companies with […]

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Convergence solutions for urban energy networks

Innovative solutions for recovering and reusing end-energy, energy storage and exploiting the potential for network flexibility are needed.

Deadline: 11 September 2017

Convergence solutions for urban energy networks

Purpose of the call for projects: ENGIE France Networks is seeking technical and technological solutions that allow us to create operational, commercial and economic synergies from energy network convergence (heating, cooling, electricity, gas, water, sanitation, etc.) at the district and urban scales. Recovering and reusing end-energy, energy storage and exploiting the potential for network flexibility […]

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Innovative Solutions for a Medium-Sized Smart City

Seeking new solutions for making Béthune a more collaborative, sustainable and innovative city.

Deadline: 12 September 2017

Innovative Solutions for a Medium-Sized Smart City

Background: Béthune wants to set up a smart city project that is adapted to its geographical, cultural and economic characteristics. In doing so, it wants to improve the quality of city services and to put citizens squarely at the centre of its development plans by better coordinating its initiatives with its good intentions. With this […]

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Infrastructure Systems Round 3

Infrastructure funding call for citizen centred projects

Deadline: 13 September 2017

Infrastructure Systems Round 3

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in projects in this competition. This is to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems. We want businesses to collaborate to develop new integrated solutions and business models. Projects will range in size from total project costs of £25,000 to £5 million […]

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Invention4Innovation Connect for SMEs

Funding boost for SMEs to reach the next stage in the development pathway.

Deadline: 13 September 2017

Invention4Innovation Connect for SMEs

Background: Expressions of Interest are invited for i4i Connect, an NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) funding stream aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in need of a funding boost to reach the next stage in the development pathway. The i4i programme is a translational funding scheme advancing healthcare technologies, devices and interventions for patient benefit in […]

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Batteries for electric vehicles

Innovations to address identified technical and supply chain challenges.

Deadline: 14 September 2017

Batteries for electric vehicles

Background: Two competitions as part of the Government’s Faraday Challenge Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to support the design, develop and manufacture of batteries for the electrification of vehicles. Innovate UK will fund projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges in battery innovation, development and manufacture through UK supply chains. These should lead to […]

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Low carbon automotive technologies

Challenges to produce lower-carbon transportation, improve air quality, and develop a UK supply chain for next generation lightweight vehicles and propulsion systems.

Deadline: 20 September 2017

Low carbon automotive technologies

Background: The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is to invest up to £35 million in a number of collaborative research and development (R&D) pre-production match-funded projects for low carbon automotive technologies. Projects must demonstrate the development of technologies based around one or more of the Automotive Council’s ‘sticky’ technologies. There is more detail in the scope […]

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Business productivity portal

Solutions that provide information on improving business productivity.

Deadline: 20 September 2017

Business productivity portal

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £500,000 to develop solutions that provide businesses with access to information on improving productivity. These solutions will help businesses at all levels – leaders, management and employees – access new opportunities to improve productivity levels where they work. Innovate UK are looking for proposals for feasibility studies […]

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Highways UK 2017 Intelligent Infrastructure Challenges

Innovative solutions needed to improve customer service, network efficiency, safety, security and performance.

Deadline: 22 September 2017

Highways UK 2017 Intelligent Infrastructure Challenges

Background: New for the 2017 event is The Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge. This is a competition involving specific infrastructure client challenges set by Highways England, Bristol City Council, Transport for the North, England’s Economic Heartland the London Air Quality Commission and Transport Scotland. These challenges require innovative technical solutions to problems involving customer service and / or network efficiency […]

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Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: feasibility studies

Competition to explore and evaluate innovative healthcare technologies and processes.

Deadline: 11 October 2017

Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: feasibility studies

Background: The aim of this competition is to support the development of innovative healthcare technologies and processes. These may include: disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures […]

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Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: early stage

Competition to develop innovative solutions to health and care challenges.

Deadline: 11 October 2017

Biomedical catalyst 2017 round 3: early stage

Background: The aim of this competition is to support the development of innovative healthcare technologies and processes. These may include: disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures […]

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Digital health technology catalyst 2017 round 1

Competition for innovative digital approaches to healthcare delivery.

Deadline: 11 October 2017

Digital health technology catalyst 2017 round 1

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £8 million in projects that develop new digital technology solutions to healthcare challenges. Feasibility projects must range in size from total project costs of £50,000 to £75,000 and you must complete your project within one year. Industrial research and experimental development projects must range in size from […]

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Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems

Three competitions for feasibility studies, real-world demonstrators and collaborative R&D to develop future vehicle-to-grid products and services.

Deadline: 18 October 2017

Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems

Background: Working with The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are providing funding of £20 million for innovative projects that develop future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) products, services and knowledge. This amount will be shared between 3 competitions. V2G is a system where plug-in electric […]

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Connected and autonomous vehicles

Two competitions for technical solutions to real-world problems.

Deadline: 25 October 2017

Connected and autonomous vehicles

Background: The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is to invest in industry-led research and development projects on connected and autonomous vehicles, across two competitions. Projects need to come up with technical solutions for connected and autonomous vehicle features that provide real-world benefits to users. This includes how these vehicles will work as part […]

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