• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Investment of up to £2m in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across enabling technology areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communications technology.

  • Programme: Feasibility studies

  • Award: Up to £2m

  • Opens: 27 Jan 2014, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 05 Mar 2014, 12:00

  • Closes: 12 Mar 2014, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Technology-inspired innovation - January 2014 - Electronics, sensors and photonics

Competition results

The results of this competition are now available:

Summary

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2m in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics, and information and communications technology. 
 
Our aim is to ensure that small and micro businesses in the UK are well equipped to respond to market opportunities across a range of economic sectors. 
 
All projects must be business-led, and this competition is open to small or micro companies only, working either singly or in collaboration with one other small or micro company. Projects can last up to four months, and total project costs must not exceed £33k. 
 
We expect to fund feasibility studies conducting pre-industrial research, in which a business partner can attract up to 75% public funding for their project costs. 
 
This competition opens on 27 January 2014, and the deadline for applications is noon on 12 March 2014. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held on 10 February 2014
 
We also run Collaboration Nation events, which enable companies that have been successful in Feasibility studies competitions to showcase the results of their projects to their peers and others with a view to finding new partners to collaborate with and new sources of funding. View further information about Feasibility studies and Collaboration Nation events.
 

Background

The Technology Strategy Board is aiming to stimulate business innovation across a broad range of technologies falling within four key areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics, and information and communications technology. 
 
These enabling technologies underpin the development of high-value products and services to meet market needs across all economic sectors, and generate significant growth in the UK. Innovation in these areas will keep the UK at the forefront of technological developments and their application.
 
The feasibility studies supported under this competition will help to position UK innovators well for attracting future investment for further research and development, validation and/ or commercialisation to take new concepts forward. 
 

Scope

The feasibility studies need to align closely with one or more of the four technology areas set out below. Where a proposal cuts across more than one technology area, the application must indicate which one of the four technology areas represents the major focus of technical innovation. 
 
In addition, projects should be focused on early-stage technical opportunities that contain a significant level of technical risk, in that there is some level of uncertainty about how the proposed technical approach will work in practice. 
 

Technology areas 

Electronics, sensors and photonics 

This competition will provide opportunities for companies to work on projects in photonics, sensor systems, plastic electronics, electronic systems and power electronics. Preference will be given to proposals that have a tangible output such as a demonstrator or mock-up. Specific areas in which we are seeking applications are shown below: 
 
Photonics 
 
devices and systems focused on industrial processing, solid-state lighting, biophotonics, communications or photovoltaics; addressing advances in functionality, performance, size or cost reduction. 
 
Sensor systems 
 
systems with intelligence and optimised control, including wireless sensing, networks of sensors and imaging. 
 
Plastic electronics 
 
materials, devices, equipment, production processes, architectures, test and measurement, systems or modeling tools. 
 
Electronic systems 
 
system design and integration – embedded systems, robotics and autonomous systems, and verification and testing of computing system designs. 
 
Power electronics 
 
devices and systems for efficiently converting and controlling electricity consumption in electronic systems. 

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The Technology Strategy runs regular Collaboration Nation events, which enable companies that have been successful in feasibility studies competitions to showcase the results of their projects to their peers and others, with a view to finding new partners to collaborate with and new sources of funding. For more information see the Feasibilty Studies page
 

Funding allocation and project details

We have allocated up to £2m to fund feasibility studies that address the technical challenges outlined in the scope above. 
 
The competition is open to small and micro companies, either singly or in collaboration with one other small or micro company. We expect to fund feasibility studies conducting pre-industrial research, and for most or all of that research to be carried out in-house. Projects can attract up to 75% public sector funding, and total project costs must not exceed £33k. Projects should last up to four months and must be completed by 30 November 2014. 
 
Companies are welcome to submit applications for multiple projects, but no company will be allowed to participate in more than two projects. We reserve the right to apply a portfolio approach across the four technology areas as outlined in the scope, with regards to the final allocation of funds. 
 
 
Successful applicants to this competition will be required to present their feasibility studies at a Collaboration Nation event in the Autumn of 2014. 
 
Further details of the Collaboration Nation event will be announced nearer the time. 
 
We plan to run a Technology-inspired innovation competition for collaborative feasibility studies in early 2014/15. 
 

Application process

This competition will open on 27 January 2014
 
All applicants must first register via our website – the deadline for registration is at noon on 5 March 2014. The deadline for applications is at noon on 12 March 2014
 
A briefing event will be held on 10 February 2014 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process. Applicants are strongly recommended to attend this event. 
 

More information

To apply you must first register with us through the competition page on the website.
 
Registration opens when the competition opens and closes a week before the deadline for applications. 

Publicity

As part of the application process all applicants are asked to submit a public description of the project. This should adequately describe the project but not disclose any information that may impact on intellectual property, is confidential or commercially sensitive. 
 
The titles of successful projects, names of organisations, amounts awarded and the public description will be published once the decision to offer an award has been communicated to applicants by email. Information about unsuccessful project applications will remain confidential and will not be made public. 
 
E-mail pressoffice@tsb.gov.uk with any queries.
 

Key dates

  • Competition opens: 27 January 2014
  • Briefing event: 10 February 2014
  • Registration deadline: 5 March 2014, noon
  • Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 March 2014, noon