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.

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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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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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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Innovative Solutions for Developing a B2B2C Communication Tool

Solutions to better communicate with customers (local communities, governments, social housing, industries) and end users (tenants)

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Innovative Solutions for Developing a B2B2C Communication Tool

Background: ENGIE Cofely is looking for solutions to better communicate with its customers (local communities and governments, social housing, industries) and end users (tenants, etc.). The communication solution will be integrated into a more comprehensive approach to working with end users and saving energy. It should help demonstrate transparency, be able to incorporate end users’ […]

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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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Design foundations 2017 round 2

Up to £1 million funding for early-stage, human-centred design projects.

Deadline: 14 June 2017

Design foundations 2017 round 2

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in early-stage, human-centred design projects. These projects will help businesses identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate ideas for new products, services or business models that align with customer demand. Proposals should use recognised design processes to understand customer motivations and behaviour, inspire new ideas, support […]

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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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Energy Catalyst Round 5

The aim is to accelerate the commercialisation of the very best of UK energy innovation that address all 3 elements of the energy trilemma: cost, emissions, and security of supply.

Deadline: 21 June 2017

Energy Catalyst Round 5

Background: The Department for International Development (DFID), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £13 million in innovation projects to address the global need for clean, affordable and secure energy. The aim of the Energy Catalyst competition is to […]

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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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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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