Overview

Innovate UK is to invest up to £5 million in collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects. These projects should result in a new product, industrial process or service.

Scope

The aim of this competition is to:

  • solve major industry-focused cyber security-related challenges in the Internet of Things (see ‘Specific Themes’ below)
  • transfer world-leading knowledge from the UK research base to UK industry
  • develop new products or services and intellectual properties (IPs)
  • address technology, societal and business challenges

Your project must focus on at least one of the following Specific Themes:

  1. operational resilience technologies for the protection and recovery of data in IoT
  2. intelligent control systems for industry, and for commercial and public sector buildings, to ensure critical systems function as they were designed
  3. intelligently protecting the occupants and the systems of the digital home

Your proposal must:

  • focus on cyber security for IoT
  • include artificial intelligence or machine learning
  • demonstrate how it can be commercialised
  • show a balance between technical and social impact

Your proposal could include:

  • an RTO, public or third sector organisation (such as charities or community groups)
  • complementary technologies such as distributed ledger technologies or applications of 5G mobile networks

Eligibility

To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK based business, of any size
  • collaborate with other UK based businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • involve at least one academic partner
  • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • carry out your project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results in or from the UK

To collaborate on a project you must:

  • be a UK based business, academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation, third-sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out your project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Funding Costs

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £2.5 million and £4 million with a maximum of £1.8 million grant requested.

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small business
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 25% if you are a large business

Projects must start by 1 December 2019 and end by 31 December 2021. They can last between 18 and 24 months.

Exclusions

Projects will not be funded if they cover:

  • the use or development of quantum technologies, including quantum key distribution
  • the development of new network infrastructure such as 5G
  • the creation of new facilities