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.

Creative Fuse Innovation Fund for the North East’s Creative, Digital & IT Businesses

Funding for Innovation projects that bring together expertise from across businesses within the Creative, Digital and IT sector and the region’s universities.

Deadline: 16 October 2017

Creative Fuse Innovation Fund for the North East’s Creative, Digital & IT Businesses

Background: Creative Fuse North East is looking to fund a series of Innovation projects, bringing together expertise from across businesses within the Creative, Digital and IT sector and the region’s universities. These projects will aim to tackle specific industry challenges, opportunities or barriers to growth. Eligibility: This exciting opportunity is open to SMEs (including freelancers), […]

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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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Procurement opportunity – Sustainable Draining Systems

Durham Count Council are looking for novel approaches to sustainable drainage systems. Briefing event 17th October

Deadline: 23 October 2017

Procurement opportunity – Sustainable Draining Systems

Background: Durham Count Council are looking for novel approaches to sustainable drainage systems. Details from portal: Title : South Moor Community Sustainable Drainage Scheme (SuDS): Pine, Poplar and Elm Streets, South Moor, County Durham Categories : 70000000 – Farming and Fishing and Forestry and Wildlife Contracting Services 72000000 – Building and Facility Construction and Maintenance […]

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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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Precision medicine: impacting through innovative technology

Support for the development of precision medicine technologies.

Deadline: 25 October 2017

Precision medicine: impacting through innovative technology

Background: The focus of this competition is to support the development of precision medicine technologies.  We define precision medicine as better targeting of treatments for patients by combining clinical knowledge with advances in diagnostic techniques and data analysis. Precision medicine is also referred to as stratified medicine or personalised medicine. You may focus either on: […]

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SBRI competition: Detecting security threats and contraband in prisons

Novel detection techniques needed to identify and reduce the threat of these items within prison environments.

Deadline: 31 October 2017

SBRI competition: Detecting security threats and contraband in prisons

Background: The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) will invest up to £950,000 in Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) innovation projects to address the challenges caused by the presence of drugs, drones and mobile phones in prison environments. The aim of this competition is to develop novel detection techniques to identify these and other contraband items. This […]

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Medicines manufacturing round 1: challenge fund

Funding for innovative projects in medicines manufacturing solutions

Deadline: 01 November 2017

Medicines manufacturing round 1: challenge fund

Background: Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in medicines manufacturing to be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Projects should focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. There are 2 parts to this competition: Feasibility projects (total project costs of £50,000 to £100,000) Industrial research and experimental development […]

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Emerging and enabling technologies – round 3

Competition to develop innovative solutions to challenges in emerging and enabling technologies.

Deadline: 08 November 2017

Emerging and enabling technologies – round 3

Background: Innovate UK will invest up to £25 million in innovation projects that inspire new products and services. The aim of this competition is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find revenue sources from new products, processes or services. Projects must show significant innovation in one of the four […]

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Accelerating innovation in rail 5

Competition for innovations to minimise disruption to train services and advance intelligent trains.

Deadline: 15 November 2017

Accelerating innovation in rail 5

Background: Innovate UK, on behalf of the Department for Transport, will invest up to £7.9 million to support innovation and 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 creating a vision for the future of […]

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Innovation in health and life sciences round 3

Innovations to increase agri-food productivity, quality and sustainability or improved healthcare outcomes.

Deadline: 05 December 2017

Innovation in health and life sciences round 3

Background: Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects. These should address challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS) that lead to increased agri-food productivity, quality and sustainability or improved healthcare outcomes. Projects must show significant innovation in one of our priority areas: increasing agricultural productivity improving food quality and sustainability advanced […]

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