News release

Date: 24th November 2014

Urban Living Product and Services Innovation Competition Free briefing workshops

Have you an innovation for which you need some funding? Then this InnovateUK grant competition could be for you. Be prepared: Find out how to apply at one of two briefing workshops: 1st December, The Landing, Media City, Manchester 12th December, The Building Centre, Store Street, London

London and Manchester, 24th November 2014. – InnovateUK are to invest in collaborative R&D projects to build products and services based on integrated city data platforms. Integrated and open data platforms are being developed for cities around the world. As they do, increasing volumes and new types of data will become available. The challenge is to begin to develop the high value products and services that will be built on the integrated data foundations.
The aim of this competition is to support the development of new products and services that exploit integrated systems to deliver new solutions to improve the performance of cities.
We are seeking proposals that enable consortia to prototype, develop and trial products and services that use integrated city data platforms to solve the known problems of city management and operation; improve resilience; and/or contribute to life for citizens that is happy, healthy and harmonious.
Proposals must be collaborative and business-led, with no more than 30% of total project costs being allocated to research organisations. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).
We expect the maximum total award size being around £700k, although we may consider projects outside this range.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 15 December 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 11 February 2015.
These workshops set out to:
- To get an overview from industry on the data landscape, current data use in integrated city systems and who should be using it but isn’t.
- To tap into urban living products and services innovation drivers present to discuss emerging developments in integrating city management systems
- To anticipate the kind of data that might lead to the development of new products and services
- To brief the audience on InnovateUK interests in this area and current thinking for competition investment.
- To bring the community into a collaborative and consortia potential space that becomes “competition ready”.
The workshop will also feature the new Horizons tool from InnovateUK that aims to help consortiums think-through the process of applying for competition funding, saving you time and effort during the run-up to such opportunities.
Who should attend
- Data generators and holders of city integrated systems (Local Authorities)
- Urban product and services developers and utilisers of data.
- Developers of new online tools (Apps) the leverage integrated systems data sets
- App developers
- Integrated city management platforms providers
- Research centres in urban living and urban data utilisation

For further information please contact:
Stephen Lowe 07985 807529

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