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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership serves to meet a core strategic need and to identify innovative solutions to help that business grow. KTP often delivers significant increased profitability for business partners as a direct result of the partnership through improved quality and operations, increased sales and access to new markets. Social enterprises see improved results, too.

In order to find out more about how KTP can help your business and how to apply please visit here

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Interface - Innovation Vouchers

Eligibility All Scottish Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are eligible for these funding streams. SMEs require an academic partner to apply, if you do not have an academic partner the Interface Business Engagement team can help to identify one, please email

Standard Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 of funding aimed at encouraging first-time partnerships between a company and a university or further education college. The company contributes an equal value in cash or in-kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both.

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Student Placement Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 to fund a PhD or Masters student to work within your organisation on a clearly defined project and continue the development of a Standard Innovation Voucher award. The company must have suitable premises to host a student for the duration of the project.

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Advanced Innovation Vouchers

Up to £20,000 of match funding to either encourage sustained relationships with academia and enable existing partnerships to continue the development of a project or for those companies who are beginning their collaborative journey with a HEI / FE college partner. The company must provide a mix of in-kind and cash contributions.

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Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme

Up to £5,000 of funding to help businesses, and academics, scope and define an opportunity for applications for the €70 billion Horizon 2020 European Funding programme.

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Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Each year the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offer Fellowships in a service of ‘award categories’ that reflect key contemporary issues. Below are some of the award categories for 2020.

  • Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century
  • Rural Living: Strengthen countryside communities
  • Emergency Response
  • Education
  • Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Open category

Applications for award categories open in April 2020. Full detail and criteria can be found here.

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Prosperity Fund China Skills Programme

10 July, 2019

Fraser Deas

The UK Government is pleased to welcome organisations working in the Skills sector to register their interest in being involved in the delivery of the Prosperity Fund China Skills Programme.

The Programme is expected to run from 2020 - 2023, with an estimated budget of GBP 12-15 million. It is anticipated that an invitation to tender for the Programme will be issued over Summer/Autumn 2019. An update on the objectives and scope of the programme is provided in the attached PDF Summary Note.

To register your interest, please complete the simple proforma before July 24, 2019.

The purpose of this call for interest is to guide and facilitate the exploration and forming of partnerships and consortiums amongst potential suppliers for the Programme.

The information you provide in this survey will NOT be used by HMG in the evaluation of any future tender of the services. Subject to your consent, the information you provide will be shared with potential lead contractors of the programme and/or other parties leading the development of consortium bids, who may contact you to discuss further.

Prospective suppliers may also wish to register on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office eSourcing Portal, where further notifications and updates regarding the procurement process will be communicated.

Programme Overview

The Prosperity Fund China Skills programme aims to match China’s specific reform needs with UK Skills sector strengths, to enable China to have a better-equipped and skilled work force ready for productive employment. As China seeks to transition to a new economic growth model, one of the main challenges it faces is the size and scale of the skills gap. China’s 13th Five Year Plan, published in 2016, clearly sets out the need for investing in high-end skills to raise productivity and support China’s economic transition. The programme will draw on UK expertise in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and will align with Prosperity Fund work elsewhere in this sector.

The Programme seeks to deliver policy outputs in three main areas:

  1. Standards and Progression Pathways
  2. Education - Industry Alignment
  3. TVET Institution Capacity Building

Priority sectors for engagement include Early Years Education, Manufacturing, Construction and Healthcare.

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Using date and digital technologye to deliver better adult social care: SBRI competition

Competition Overview - Innovation Funding Service

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst for Torfaen County borough council. The aim of the competition is to develop data and digital technology to deliver better adult social care.

The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.

Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study

The first phase feasibility study involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £250,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase 1 of the competition.

It is anticipated the contracts will be in the region of up to £50,000, including VAT. This is for each project for up to 3 months. We expect to fund up to 5 projects. The assessors will consider fair value in making their evaluation.

We would welcome bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists.

Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing

The second phase involves up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants. Up to £500,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.

The competition closes at midday 12pm UK time on the deadline stated

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million, including VAT, to develop data and digital technology to deliver better adult social care.

  • Competition opens: Monday 10 June 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 17 July 2019 12:00pm

Full details can be found here.

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RSE Sabbatical Research Grant

Funding area: Science, Technology, Enginerring & Mathematics (STEM), Social Science

These Grants offer academic staff on open-ended or continuing contracts of employment in Scottish Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to take up to twelve months sabbatical to focus on a research project of their choice.

In addition to funding the salary for the replacement member of staff, this Grant funds research costs for the awardee of up to £10,000.

These Grants are supported by funding from the Scottish Government and research projects proposed must align to one or more of the Scottish Government National Outcomes, as detailed in the National Performance Framework.

Fund opens: 15th July 2019

Additional Information and Eligibility can be found here.

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Artificial Intelligence Kick-Start

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. It is sometimes called ‘machine intelligence’, since the intelligence is demonstrated by machines, and differs from natural intelligence, which is displayed by humans and other animals. The term is applied to systems endowed with the intellectual processes typical of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalise, or learn from past experience.

The following topics are non-exhaustive examples of areas relevant to the theme of artificial intelligence. They can benefit from using integrated terrestrial and space-based technologies.

  • Retail
  • Electric Utility
  • Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics
  • Healthcare
  • Social good

Kick-start Activities elaborate the business opportunity and the technical viability of new applications and services exploiting one or more space assets (e.g. Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation, Human Space Flight Technology). This call for Kick-start Activities is dedicated to the theme “Artificial Intelligence", which means that the call is open to companies that intend to develop sustainable products and services combining AI with space technology. The field of applications is not limited to the topics mentioned in the previous section.

The AI kick start is organised around specific macro-areas for which dedicated calls will be issued, as follows:

1) Consumer goods, business and industrial services (OPENING DATE 13th May 2019 - CLOSING DATE 21st June).

2) Social Impact (OPENING DATE 25th June 2019 - CLOSING DATE 30th August).

3) Infrastructure (OPENING DATE 2nd September 2019 - CLOSING DATE 11th October).

4) Environment and natural resources (OPENING DATE 14th October 2019 - CLOSING DATE 29th November).

Full details and how to apply can be found here.

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Insight Research Programme 2019

The Health Foundation’s £1.6m Insight Research Programme 2019 invites researchers to submit ideas for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK.

We want to support four to five projects with funding between £300,000 and £400,000 for a maximum duration of four years. We are looking for innovative and ambitious research with the potential to transform the use of audit and registry data to improve quality of care.

The priority areas for this call are:

  • patient focused audits and registries
  • accelerating the use of linked data to support future challenges and trends in quality and care or to improve the value of health care
  • demonstrating and enhancing the impact of national clinical audits and registries on practice and policy.

The application process

There is a two-stage application process for this programme. Applicants must initially submit an outline proposal application form; these applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

  • The programme opens on Tuesday 2 April 2019
  • We will hold an information call from 15.00-16.00 on Monday 15 April 2019
  • The closing date for outline proposals is 12.00 Thursday 16 May 2019

more information can be found here.

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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview

UK government encourages the UK research and innovation community to continue applying for Horizon 2020 funding and to participate in projects.

This is because, until our departure from the EU, we remain a member state, with all the rights and obligations that entails. This includes UK organisations being eligible to participate in the Horizon 2020 programme while we remain a member of the EU.

UK organisations’ eligibility in Horizon 2020 is intended to remain unchanged for the duration of the programme, as set out in the joint report on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This includes an organisation’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 projects and to receive funding for the lifetime of these projects.

The underwrite guarantee will remain in place even if the commitments made in the joint report are not met.