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.

Innovative Solutions for Smart Buildings

Innovative solutions to disrupt existing energy & services markets or create additional value for our B2B customers.

Deadline: 28 April 2017

Innovative Solutions for Smart Buildings

Background: ENGIE UK is looking to identify innovative projects and solutions for a new joint energy and services offer for our B2B customers. Our focus is not only collecting and monitoring data but also to provide analysis, suggestion and implementation of actions in areas such as workplace optimisation, energy consumption / performance, employee wellbeing. These […]

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Delegate Tracking Challenge

Innovative solutions needed to accurately and efficiently track and report on delegates attending conferences.

Deadline: 28 April 2017

Delegate Tracking Challenge

Background: The Innovation SuperNetwork are looking for innovative solutions to track and report on delegates attending the VentureFest North East conference.  VentureFest North East is an established annual conference which will be taking place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on 14 November 2017.  The conference attracts a cross business sector audience with over 700 people attending […]

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Emerging and enabling technologies round 2

Looking for new technologies that will inspire the products, processes and services of tomorrow.

Deadline: 03 May 2017

Emerging and enabling technologies round 2

Background: Our emerging and enabling technologies programme identifies and invests in new technologies and the underpinning capabilities that improve existing industries.  Our aim is to inspire the products, processes and services of tomorrow: those with the potential to unlock billions of pounds of value to industry and disrupt existing markets. We have 4 priority areas: […]

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Innovative technologies and digital platforms that improve inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care

Help patients self manage from home, enable independance and better communication with clinicians.

Deadline: 10 May 2017

Innovative technologies and digital platforms that improve inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care

Background: Could you help develop innovative technology and digital platforms that improve inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care? Up to £400,000 funding available to improve the ongoing management of IBD for people living with the disease. Organisations can carry out the project on their own or with others. The competition is looking for proposals that: help patients manage […]

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Accelerating innovation in rail round 4

High value, low cost railway innovations and improving customer experience through stations.

Deadline: 10 May 2017

Accelerating innovation in rail round 4

Background: Innovate UK, on behalf of the Department for Transport (DFT), is to invest up to £9 million to support growth in national and international rail markets. This is a joint initiative with the rail industry under the direction of its technical leadership group, the team responsible for the definition of the future vision for […]

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Innovative solutions for working better in dynamic spaces

Solutions and tools that promote collaborative work, streamlining exchanges whilst improving team cohesion.

Deadline: 15 May 2017

Innovative solutions for working better in dynamic spaces

Background: ENGIE wants to invent a new interdisciplinary, collaborative and inclusive ways of working as part of an ongoing project to completely rethink how the Group’s headquarters in La Défense are used. Known as “dynamic spaces”, the concept should: make employees lives easier, and the lives of the people who use and visit the T1 […]

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Cancer innovation challenge in Scotland

New solutions for recording and integrating data on patient outcomes and experiences.

Deadline: 15 May 2017

Cancer innovation challenge in Scotland

Background: Organisations can apply for a share of £325,000 to find new ways of recording and integrating data on patient outcomes and experiences.  The fund is there for the development of innovative technologies that find new ways of integrating data into Scotland-wide healthcare processes. The aim is to improve patient care. These technologies should record and […]

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Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 2 late stage award

Innovative healthcare solutions that are ready for testing to show effectiveness in a relevant environment.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Biomedical Catalyst 2017 round 2 late stage award

Funding Competition Scope: Across the world we are facing increasing healthcare challenges, both physical and financial. There is a need to provide for a growing, ageing population that has an increasing burden of disease. Healthcare costs are rising. The long-term sustainability of current models of provision is in doubt. The need to provide efficient and […]

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Longitude Prize – Diagnostic test that helps solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance

Challenge to create a cheap, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use point of care test kit for bacterial infections.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Longitude Prize – Diagnostic test that helps solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance

Background: The Longitude Prize is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to reward a diagnostic test that helps solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance. It is being run by Nesta and supported by Innovate UK as funding partner. The Challenge: How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics? The development […]

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Clinical decision support in emergency care

Innovative data analytics needed to enable clinicians to make informed, safe and timely decisions.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Clinical decision support in emergency care

Background: NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government is to invest up to £55,000 in innovative data analytics. These should improve patient management and enhance clinical decision making within the emergency care department. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim is to develop data analytics that will enable clinicians to make informed, […]

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Innovation to boost capability of a hydrocyclone circuit.

New ways to increase efficiency and profitability to advance the classification and separation capability of a hydrocyclone circuit.

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Innovation to boost capability of a hydrocyclone circuit.

Competition Scope: Scottish Enterprise are working with the Weir Group to help 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 […]

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Funding competition: innovation in cycling and walking

Innovations that tackle current barriers and encourage more journey stages to be made by bicycle or on foot.

Deadline: 07 June 2017

Funding competition: innovation in cycling and walking

Background: The Department for Transport (DfT) will fund up to £470,000 for innovative projects that lead to more walking and cycling. Proposals will tackle current barriers and encourage more journey stages to be made by bicycle or on foot. Innovations may include, for example, technology, infrastructure, manufacturing or behavioural change. The government’s vision is for […]

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Control systems for wave energy generation

Innovative control systems needed to develop cost-effective wave energy generation technology. 

Deadline: 12 June 2017

Control systems for wave energy generation

Background: Up to £47,000 (excluding VAT) is available for businesses to develop advanced control systems for use in wave energy generation. This funding call is for feasibility study proposals. It is the first of 3 stages in the Wave Energy Scotland (WES) control systems programme. Up to 100% of project costs are available via a […]

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Autonomous supply to military front line

Contracts for supplying the military front line through autonomous systems.

Deadline: 21 June 2017

Autonomous supply to military front line

Background: The Ministry of Defence is to invest in projects that look at ways of using autonomous systems in the ‘last mile’ of the supply chain to front-line military operations. Up to £1.5 million is available in the first phase of the competition. There is up to an additional £1.5 million in phase 2 that […]

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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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