Key features: Investment up to £500,000 in feasibility studies in the area of user experience (UX). The aim is to encourage new and improved ways for machines, their computing systems and people to interact.
Programme: Feasibility studies
Award: Up to £500,000
Opens: 16 Feb 2015, 00:00
Registration closes: 25 Mar 2015, 12:00
Closes: 01 Apr 2015, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Better interactions between people and machines - Feasibility Study
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Innovate UK is to invest up to £500,000 in feasibility studies in the area of user experience (UX). The aim is to encourage new and improved ways for machines, their computing systems and people to interact.
Proposals may address technologies that contribute to these new approaches, such as sensing information about the user, or they may address technologies that help with specific types of experience, such as mobile or wearable devices.
Projects may be a single SME or a business led collaboration with either another SME or an academic/research partner. The competition is open only to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, with the option to collaborate with one additional SME or research organisation/academic partner.
Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs and medium-sized businesses up to 60%.
We expect projects to last between 3 and 12 months and to have total project costs of up to £50,000.
The feasibility studies are part of a £1.5m Innovate UK programme to stimulate innovations in user experience (UX). This competition runs in parallel with a £1m Knowledge Transfer Partnership competition. For details, visit the competition page.
This competition opens on 16 February 2015 and the deadline for registration is noon on 25 March 2015. The deadline for applications is noon on 1 April 2015. A briefing day (with webinar option) for potential applicants will be held in London on 18 February 2015.
Computer systems and devices often present impractical, confusing or time-consuming experiences for users. Innovative technologies and approaches are needed to address these issues with the aim of improving:
use of computing systems.
As computing devices and software systems become increasingly widespread, simply using a keyboard, mouse and screen is becoming outdated.
New devices and embedded software systems are making the way we use computers a more immersive experience. This makes it easier for people and machines to interact and simpler for people to adopt new systems and processes more quickly.
Greater computer power can now enhance, enrich and optimise how the machine and user interact.
Advanced UX technologies have the potential to revolutionise the way computing systems are used in every sector and application area. Perfecting these technologies so that they are exploitable and practicable will improve the effectiveness and ease with which everyone can use computer technology.
Sensors and interactions
Mobile user experience
Multiple device user experience
Combinations of emerging technologies
Funding allocation and project details
We have allocated up to £500,000 to fund feasibility study projects that address the technical challenges outlined in the scope.
Successful applicants can attract grant funding towards their eligible project costs. The percentage of costs that we pay varies, depending on the type of research being carried out and the size and type of organisation involved.
Projects must be led by an SME. They have the option to collaborate with one additional organisation which may be another SME or an academic/research partner. The amount of funding you can receive varies according to the size and type of organisation and type of research being done. Small businesses are eligible to receive up to 70% of their project costs as grant and medium-sized businesses up to 60%.
For further information see http://interact.innovateuk.org/funding-rules
We expect total project costs to be up to £50,000. Projects should last between 3 and 12 months.
To find out whether your business fits the EU definition of an SME, see: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/index_en.htm
This competition will open on 16 February 2015. Applicants must first register via our website, and the deadline for registration is at noon on 25 March 2015. The deadline for applications is at noon on 1 April 2015.
A briefing will be held in London on 18 February 2015 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process. Applicants are strongly recommended to attend this event.
A number of workshops/events will be organised to explore scope and possible collaborations. Details of these and their outcomes will be made available at connect.innovateuk.org/web/user-experience-ux-/overview
Please note: all deadlines are at noon.
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