12 July 2019

Your weekly digest of policy news, funding competitions, and calls for evidence.

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Government and industry commit £720m to Industrial Strategy challenges

A £720m public-private joint investment will support 11 projects working to commercialise new innovations to solve the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges. The UK government has committed £220m – combined with £500m from industry – to solving the challenges of tomorrow. These projects include a new centre to research cancer treatments and an initiative in advanced manufacturing of lighter metals for the transport industry.

‘Government investment in research and our world-leading universities are helping attract even bigger investments from the private sector,’ said Science Minister, Chris Skidmore. ‘These ground-breaking research projects worth nearly £720m are a fantastic example of this, as we work towards our target of 2.4% of GDP to spent on R&D by 2027.’

Read the full article, here.


Electric transport to be revolutionised by £37m investment

Twelve projects will support the creation of innovations in electric vehicle charge points, including wireless charging technologies, as part of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy launched last year. It’s hoped that improving more easily accessible and cost-effective charge points will encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

‘We’re charging up the transport revolution and investing in technologies to transform the experience for electric vehicle drivers,’ said Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis. ‘Ensuring the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is reliable and innovative is encouraging more people to join the record numbers of ultra-low emission vehicle users already on UK roads.’


UK exports are rising despite global slowdown

Data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that UK exports are growing despite the global economy slowing down. In the 12 months leading to May 2019, UK exports were worth £647.1bn –an increase of 4.0%. The main contributors to the growth were goods within the fuels sector, which grew 25.9% to £39.3bn.

‘Despite the global headwinds getting stronger, today’s record-breaking statistics highlight what a real international trade policy can deliver for the UK as people from around the world continue to express their appetite for British goods and services,’ said Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox. ‘This is just the beginning – now is the time to get behind DIT so that we can give British business the backing it needs and grasp the golden opportunity in front of us.’

Calls for evidence

Deadline: 6 August 2019

  • Future of Steel in the UK inquiry

Deadline: 2 September 2019

  • Electronic waste and the Circular Economy inquiry

Deadline: Open – accepting written submissions

  • Net zero government inquiry

Deadline: Open – accepting written submissions

For Parliamentary Calls for Evidence please see the Parliament Committee page.

Funding competitions

Deadline: 24 July 2019

Companies can apply for a share of this £240,000 Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to develop innovative AI solutions for radiological diagnosis.

Deadline: 24 July 2019

A share of £25m is available to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

Deadline: 7 August 2019

UK organisations can apply for a share of £30m to develop clean, cheap local energy systems for communities across the country.

Deadline: 21 August 2019

Up to £1.7m is available for UK businesses who partner with US organisations to develop innovative technologies for global composites.

Deadline: 18 September 2019

Organisations can apply for a share of £22macross three strands to help provide clean, affordable and secure energy in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South Asia.

Deadline: 9 October 2019

‘Seed corn’ funding of up to £50,000 is available to consortia of UK businesses and research organisations for wave 2 of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund.

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