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 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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R&D competition for RAI in extreme environments

The aim is to speed up the development of RAI technologies that would be used across the off-shore energy, nuclear energy, space and deep mining applications.

Deadline: 02 August 2017

R&D competition for RAI in extreme environments

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in innovative projects. Competition funding is subject to business case approval by BEIS. This is to encourage and stimulate the development of robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI) technologies for application in extreme and challenging environments. The aim of this competition is to speed up the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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