Technology Strategy Board publishes autumn round of grant opportunities


The Technology Strategy Board has published information on a series of grant funding and R&D procurement opportunities that businesses can bid for at different times during the autumn. The subject areas include IT, food, healthcare, energy and advanced materials.

In addition to the Grant for R&D, under which businesses can apply for funding in any subject area at any time, the TSB runs periodic competitions for grant funding for collaborative R&D projects as well as the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). Under the SBRI scheme, public bodies commission fully funded feasibility studies and R&D projects in specific challenge areas.

Some calls for proposals are already open and their deadlines are looming, while others are due to open later in the year. Any businesses based in the East of England that wish to bid for funding under any of these schemes can in principle receive free support from the Understanding Finance for Business programme. Contact Alex Smeets of Cambridge Funding Solutions for details (

The current list is:

Competitions for Collaborative R&D grants

Building Performance Evaluation
This competition will support companies in their evaluation of the performance of case study buildings they design, build, own and/or operate. This will help builders and developers to deliver more efficient, better performing buildings. The competition is in tranches. The current tranche for non-domestic buildings closes on 14/09/11. At least one future tranche will cover domestic buildings.

Internet of Things convergence
Competition for funding of preparatory studies
Opens 11/10/11, registration closes 9/11/11

Sepsis I: Multi-pathogen detection and/or simple discrimination
Opens 30/08/11, registration closes 01/11/11

Sepsis II: Advancing biomarker use in sepsis management
Opens 26/09/11, registration closes 01/11/11

Resource efficiency: supply chain innovation
Opens 03/10/11, closes 02/11/11

SBRI calls (100% funded)

Trustworthy Digital Systems
The Centre for Defence Enterprise is seeking innovative software developments in systems and information communication technology.
Currently open, closes 13/09/11

Strategic Challenges on Food Security
The Food Standards Agency is looking for proposals to improve the safety of food in support of the Government’s food security agenda.
Currently open, closes 14/09/11

NC3Rs/CRACK-IT Challenges
The NC3Rs is looking for new technologies and methodologies for the global biosciences research community with the potential to minimise animal use and improve animal welfare.
Opens 20/09/11, closes 02/11/11

Assessing the impact of near-patient testing
The Department of Health is looking for projects to develop new and improved tools, products or capabilities in the field of health economics to assist companies in the design and evaluation of diagnostic clinical trials.
Opens 26/09/11, registration closes 9/11/11

Novel Materials for Defence Exploitation
The Centre for Defence Enterprise is looking for novel materials or novel materials approaches to deliver solutions to defence challenges.
Opens 06/09/11, closes 18/10/11



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