Funding competition for aerospace technology

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Innovate UK is investing up to £10million in collaborative research and development and feasibility studies to accelerate the commercialisation of highly innovative technologies for civil aerospace.

The competition is open to participants from outside as well as inside the aerospace industry including SMEs and universities where their high-end academic knowledge and innovation expertise will bring significant benefit to projects.

Innovate UK is looking for projects that offer solutions to key aerospace industry challenges and for opportunities to bring in technologies and capabilities from outside the traditional aerospace sector.

The competition opens for both types of project application on 29 June 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 9 September 2015 and the deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 16 September 2015. For feasibility studies the deadline for registration is at noon on 5 November 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 12 November 2015. There will be a webinar briefing event for potential applicants on 15 July 2015.


Innovate UK is currently hosting a range of other MoD funded SBRI competitions including:

Non-destructive evaluation - seeking proposals for novel ideas, innovative technologies, concepts and solutions to optimise Non-destructive evaluation capabilities; particularly compact, portable and deployable solutions that improve operating capability and drive supply chain and inventory efficiencies, with funding of up to £1m.

Open source big data insight - This CDE themed competition seeks research proposals to develop a prototype solution to provide an unstructured and open-source data analytics platform for defence and has funding of up to £250,000 for phase one.

Understand and interact with cyberspace - This CDE themed competition seeks research proposals for innovative approaches to improve the way humans interact with data to allow them to understand what's going on in cyberspace. It has funding of up to £500,000.

Persistent surveillance from air - This Defence Solutions Centre Innovation Challenge seeks research proposals for innovative sensor and communications technologies to enable a step change in persistent aerial surveillance capability and has funding of up to £1m.

Agile, immersive mission training - This UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) Innovation Challenge seeks research proposals for techniques and solutions aimed at providing more cost-effective and timely, simulation-based, military training capabilities, also with funding of up to £1m.

What's inside that building?- This CDE themed competition seeks research proposals for novel techniques to remotely provide information about the layout and situation inside a building and offers funding of up to £650,000.

More details on all these competitions can be found here.