Rolling Call for proposals - Collaborative R&D projects - Leicester & Leicestershire

  • Published on 6th March 2017

ERDF funded Smart Innovation and Networking for Growth (SING)

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The aim of this call is to assist the industrial and research communities to work together to stimulate innovation in the LLEP priority sectors (advanced manufacturing and engineering, food and drink manufacturing, textile manufacturing, low carbon technologies, logistics and distribution, and creative industries). We are seeking SME led projects from any technology, engineering or industrial area within those sectors involving collaboration with at least one UK-based HEI/Research Institute. The project may involve more than one SME but SMEs must be based in the LLEP area in order to receive funding. HEI/Research Institutions can be based within or outside the area.

Eligible R&D projects may address any challenges pertinent to the priority sectors without restrictions.  Projects may cover (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Manufacturing processes (e.g. additive manufacturing, digital manufacturing, nano-manufacturing, measurement, Industry 4.0, process control, new processes)
  • Carbon reduction (e.g. light weighting, alternative fuels, recycling, energy saving)
  • Materials (e.g. use of/development of new materials/ingredients)
  • Systems (sensing, modelling, visualisation, human-machine interaction, tracking, smart cities, intelligent mobility, autonomous vehicles)
  • Safety and security (e.g. risk management, cyber security)
  • Application of other emerging/enabling technologies (e.g. big data, satellite data, robotics & autonomous systems, internet of things, sensors)

The collaborative project can last from 3 months (feasibility studies) up to the Activity end date of 29th March 2019 or any suitable time period in between.  Potential project goals may include:

  • the acquisition or application of new knowledge and skills for developing new or significantly improved products, processes or services
  • establishing the commercial viability or exploitation opportunities of a potential product, process or service
  • enabling the collaborator(s) to bid for future funding from other sources in order to take product, process or service towards commercialisation

To be eligible the project must involve a genuine collaboration with a UK HEI/Research institute. Each partner must benefit from the project activities/outcomes.

The full call document can be found here: SING CRD Rolling Call

To request an application pack please contact The iNet on 01509 635270 or email Applications to be submitted no later than Noon, 15th day of each month up to and including 15th October 2017, subject to availability of funding.