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.

Investment Pilot Scheme

Simultaneous grant funding and VC investment in infrastructure systems and health and life sciences.

Deadline: 28 June 2017

Investment Pilot Scheme

Background: This is a pilot programme for Innovate UK. It provides simultaneous grant funding and venture capital investment for early stage projects led by UK companies. Up to £3 million of grant funding and £1.25 million of private equity investment is available for projects related to infrastructure systems. This includes smart infrastructure, energy, urban living […]

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Future proofing infrastructure for the 21st century

Design sprint focussed on infrastructure at NWG Innovation Festival 10-14 July 2017

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Future proofing infrastructure for the 21st century

Background: Northumbrian Water are running a festival, together with Microsoft, IBM, Reece Innovation, Ordnance Survey, CGI and BT to inspire the creation of more innovative ideas.  Inspiration can come from many places and this could be the ideal opportunity to showcase your business and project idea.  This innovation festival is taking place on 10-14th July at Newcastle race course.  […]

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NWG Innovation Festival 10-14 July 2017

Design sprints covering flooding, leakage, infrastructure, tomorrow's world, environment and mobile work force.

Deadline: 30 June 2017

NWG Innovation Festival 10-14 July 2017

Background: Northumbrian Water Group are running their first Innovation Festival to showcase innovative thinking and new technology in Newcastle from 10 -14 July 2017. It will be a truly unique event, taking six problems and applying design thinking techniques to try to solve them in five action packed days. The focus on innovation will be mashed […]

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Innovation for solar photovoltaic panels

Solutions needed for all aspects of solar energy production, energy storage and use.

Deadline: 04 July 2017

Innovation for solar photovoltaic panels

Background: Photovoltaic solar technologies are evolving.  ENGIE Axima is looking for innovative solar photovoltaic solutions that can be integrated into the services it provides on various sites. The solutions can have to do with any and all aspects of solar energy production, energy storage and use. They can involve new, hybrid or integrated technologies as well […]

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Funding opportunity to develop food security solutions

Business Durham is hosting roundtable for collaborations and bids on June 16th

Deadline: 10 July 2017

Funding opportunity to develop food security solutions

Background: ESA has issued a “KickStart” funding opportunity to develop food security solutions.  Food security is a complex problem which connects several disciplines: climate change, water and land use policy, exploitation of natural resources, agriculture and food production, changing demographics and consumer habits, urbanisation, energy, transport, certification, traceability, safety, and more. Funded activities can include, […]

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Connected and autonomous vehicles test bed funding competition

The aim is to create the world’s most effective CAV testing ecosystem.

Deadline: 12 July 2017

Connected and autonomous vehicles test bed funding competition

Background: The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has a £100 million fund to invest in CAV test bed infrastructure.  This competition is for up to £55 million in projects to develop connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing infrastructure. The aim is to create the world’s most effective CAV testing ecosystem. Proposals should integrate […]

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Manufacturing and Materials Round 3

Up to £15 million for innovative manufacturing and/or materials projects that will increase productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK businesses.

Deadline: 12 July 2017

Manufacturing and Materials Round 3

Background: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to work on innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials.  Funding available for projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  Projects to range in size from total project […]

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Demonstator for RAI in extreme and challenging environments – phase 1

A step change in the minimisation of human intervention and potential productivity increases using robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI).

Deadline: 19 July 2017

Demonstator for RAI in extreme and challenging environments – phase 1

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £6 million in innovative projects. Competition funding is subject to business case approval by BEIS. This is to encourage and stimulate the development of demonstrators of robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI) technologies for extreme and challenging environments. This is the first phase of the demonstrator programme. It […]

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Innovative solutions for employee engagement

Storengy is seeking a digital solution that promotes employees engagement.

Deadline: 27 July 2017

Innovative solutions for employee engagement

Background: Storengy, one of ENGIE’s 24 Business Units, is looking for a digital solution that encourages employees to commit to the company, as part of its new enterprise project. Storengy is seeking a digital solution that promotes employees engagement to the company and their getting involved in the collaborative company project called Storengy 2020. This […]

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Open Programme Round 3

Funding competition looking for game-changing, cutting-edge innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

Deadline: 09 August 2017

Open Programme Round 3

Background: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million. This is to deliver game-changing, cutting-edge innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. Innovate UK’s open competition aims to overcome barriers to cutting-edge, game-changing innovation becoming a successful commercial reality and/or resulting in significant, sustainable business growth. We provide […]

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