Creative, Digital and Design Business Briefing - May 2016

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Creative, Digital & Design Business Briefing A digest of useful information for UK businesses seeking funding and support, updated monthly

May / June 2016


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ContentsPublic funding callsHorizon 2020Other public fundingKTN & other eventsPublic investment / private financingLaunching a new business?Non-financial support for your business Training & skills

Public funding calls

Key feature: Innovate UK is investing up to 4.5m in collaborative industrial research projects that stimulate innovation in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. The aim of this competition is to help companies overcome barriers to business growth in additive manufacturing. It will also encourage them to explore and develop their wider digital manufacturing capability.

Register now for briefing events: 7 June Webcast, 7 June London, 14 June IFB2016 - Liverpool

Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 20 July 2016 and apply before noon on 27 July 2016.

More info at gov.ukConnected digital additive manufacturing

Public funding calls

Key feature: Innovate UK is to invest up to 15m in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. These projects will focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. Projects will be funded that aim to lead to increased UK SME productivity, competitiveness and growth.

Innovate UK encourages applications featuring: the novel application of a digital technology or approach to manufacturing or materials development (such as automation, modelling and simulation, data analysis); design for manufacture, use and end-of-life.

Register now for briefing events: 23 May London, 23 May Live Webcast, 26 May West Midlands, 27 May Manchester.

Competion deadlines: applicants must register before noon 6 July 2016 and apply before noon on 13 July 2016.

More info at

Materials and manufacturing

Public funding calls Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Key feature: A scheme to help businesses innovate and grow by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the associate', brings new skills and knowledge to the business.

A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the cost of the supervisor and the salary of the associate.

2016 deadlines are: 6 July, 7 September & 2 NovemberMore info on:

Creative England Production FundThe Creative England Production Fund is targeted at feature films with budgets of up to 2 million from up-and-coming talent or from established directors looking to experiment with innovative approaches. The fund is particularly interested in projects from regionally-based filmmakers or those which have a strong regional voice. The fund is looking to support around three to five features per annum over the next four years, with production awards of up to 200,000 per project.More info at funding calls

Creative Scotland Film FundThe 'Slate Development Funding' strand invites applications from producers who are based in Scotland or, alternatively, producers who are involved within the field of Scottish-based writing and/or directing. The purpose of this funding scheme is to provide assistance for Scottish filmmakers who wish to develop a slate of films. These films could fall within the genres of: live-action and animated feature films, feature documentaries, animated and live action drama television series. Scale: 50,000 - 150,000Applications close: 23 May 2016, before 5pmMore info at Public funding calls

Public funding calls Human Dimensions of Cyber SecurityKey feature: This EPSRC call is looking to support academic researchers, businesses and government users to develop around six collaborative, international and problem-driven projects which address the human dimensions of cyber security.

Scale: up to 5m

Closes: 8 June 2016

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Public funding calls Nesta Impact Investment FundKey feature: An equity investment fund investing in social ventures with innovative products or services that are addressing some of the UKs most pressing challenges. Investments are made in areas that tackle:

the health and wellbeing of an ageing populationthe educational attainment and employability of children and young peoplethe social and environmental sustainability of communities.

Scale: between 150k - 1mCloses: on-goingMore info on: Nesta Investments

Public funding calls Interactive Healthcare Programme Yorkshire and Humber

Funded by Creative England's Regional Growth Fund and managed by Creative England in partnership with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), this Interactive Healthcare Fund is for small creative and digital businesses (SMEs) who wish to bring innovative digital health and wellbeing products and services to market in the NHS and wider health and social care marketplace..

Key information: 250,000 will be available via investments of up to 50,000 per application; Companies must be based in England, outside of Greater London (innovations that have potential to benefit Yorkshire & Humber communities are welcomed) closes Friday 17 June.

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Northern Ireland Dept. of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSSPS) - Connected Health SBRI competitions

Tenders for both competitions are available to view and download at Before gaining access to a tender opportunity, suppliers will be required to register on the site.

1. FAST Automated Staff Deployment of pharmacy staff in a hospital setting. The competition is seeking to source new innovative technology solutions to enable the appropriate deployment of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians within secondary care, ensuring that the requisite number of staff with the requisite skill sets would be available to help patients gain optimal outcomes from their medicines. Projects will be selected on their potential to effectively and quickly deploy acute hospital pharmacy staff to address the needs of patients in secondary care. Up to a maximum of 3 companies will be funded up to a maximum of 25,000 each and the project will last up to 6 months. Closes 13 June.

Northern Ireland Dept. of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (DHSSPS) - Connected Health SBRI competitions (contd.)2. Home Medication Management for the Elderly to Support Domiciliary Care Services HOME

The competition is seeking to source new innovative technology solutions that help domiciliary care service users to gain the optimal benefit from their prescribed medication. Up to 6 companies will be funded up to a maximum of 80,000 each for a Phase 1 feasibility study, lasting no more than 6 months. Closes 22 June, 15:00.

Public funding calls OrganiCityThe OrganiCity experimentation platform, tools and urban data streams are ready to host your projects. Your urban experiment can improve the challenges faced by Aarhus, London or Santander; and help test and develop the capabilities of the OrganiCity platform.

OrganiCity is now inviting proposals forexperiments to run in our three lead cities. The open call offers funding of up to 60.000 to kick start your ideas or projects closes 29 June.

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Public funding calls Feature Documentary Development Call Northern Ireland ScreenNorthern Ireland Screen seeks applications to develop feature documentaries that will deliver unique visions and voices on universal stories from Northern Ireland resident filmmakers. The maximum amount that can be requested is 7,500 based on a budget of 10,000. Northern Ireland Screens contribution cannot exceed 75% of the budget deadline for applications Friday 1st July.

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Horizon 2020 (H2020)

Key feature: The H2020 programme is the major funding opportunity for R&D initiatives across Europe running up until 2020. There is a strong emphasis on creative industries, design and digital technologies.

Upcoming calls:

Full details about the workplan for the Information and Communication Technologies Call are available here. Calls within the H2020 ICT work plan that are relevant to the creative and digital industries include:

SME Instrument Phase 1: Engaging SMEs in security research and development Multiple cut-off deadlines 2016/17

SME Instrument Phase 2: Engaging SMEs in security research and development Multiple cut-off deadlines 2016/17

Horizon 2020

Upcoming calls:

Cyber Security for SMEs, local public administration and Individuals Deadline 25 August 2016

Economics of Cybersecurity Deadline 25 August 2016

Cyber Security for SMEs, local public administration and Individuals Deadline 25 August 2016

Engaging private consumers towards sustainable energy Deadline 15 September 2016

ICT 19: Media Content and Convergence Deadline 8 November 2016

ICT 4: Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative - Deadline 8 November 2016

Horizon 2020

Upcoming calls:

ICT 8: 5G PPP Convergent Technologies Deadline 8 November 2016

ICT 11:Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation Deadline 25 April 2