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.

SBRI: Identify, catalogue and analyse terrorist still imagery online

Technology needed that automates the detection of still imagery.

Deadline: 27 June 2018

SBRI: Identify, catalogue and analyse terrorist still imagery online

Background: One of the Research, Information and Communications Unit’s (RICU) primary objectives is to help prevent people from being drawn into extremism and terrorism. This is mainly achieved through the removal of terrorist propaganda online and the promotion of counter narrative communications campaigns. More than 80% of terrorist media shared online by the group’s supporters […]

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Open programme funding competition round 1

Funding for the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation.

Deadline: 11 July 2018

Open programme funding competition round 1

Background: This competition is open to the best cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation. These can come from any area of technology, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy. They can fit into, or be outside of, any […]

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Robotics and AI: inspect, maintain and repair in extreme environments

Opportunity to attend a 5-day residential Innovation Lab (10 to 14 September 2018) to identify collaborative projects.

Deadline: 11 July 2018

Robotics and AI: inspect, maintain and repair in extreme environments

Background: Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £15 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in business led collaborations. These will work to develop robotic and artificial intelligence (RAI) systems that remove humans from infrastructure inspection, maintenance and repair in extreme environments. The challenge is to develop […]

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Smart local energy systems: concepts & designs and demonstrators

Funding for design and demonstration of local smart energy sytems.

Deadline: 25 July 2018

Smart local energy systems: concepts & designs and demonstrators

Background: This funding opportunity has a concept and design element with up to £1.5 million investment and a demonstrator aspect with up to £40 million which is part of the industrial strategy fund for prospering from the energy revolution. UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £1.5 million to fund revolutionary concept and design […]

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Audience of the future: demonstrators

This competition aims to explore future global, mass market, commercial opportunities in the creative industries.

Deadline: 01 August 2018

Audience of the future: demonstrators

Background: Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £16 million in 4 large scale creative industries demonstrator projects through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). This is part of the Audience of the Future (AotF) programme. This competition aims to explore future global, mass market, commercial opportunities in the […]

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Creating a network of digital pathology, imaging and AI centres

Call for digital systems and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve diagnosis and deliver precision treatments.

Deadline: 01 August 2018

Creating a network of digital pathology, imaging and AI centres

Background: As part of the delivery of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in data to early diagnosis and precision medicine, Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £50 million. This is to establish a network of 5 to 6 centres of excellence, across the UK, in digital pathology […]

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Sport Facilities of the Future

Call for innovative digital tools & new services to users, owners and operators of sports facilities.

Deadline: 12 September 2018

Sport Facilities of the Future

Background: Engie Axima is working with Euratechnologies and Artois Vallee  to identify technological bricks and/or innovative services that use digital technologies to offer new services to users, owners and operators of sports facilities. It is also about making users active stakeholders in energy and environmental performance. The solutions can be applied to the following types of […]

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