STFC External Innovations runs a Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) to support the application and commercialisation of STFC research in the key global research challenge areas of energy, environment, healthcare and security. Individual annual calls are aligned to specific challenge areas.
STFC will be launching a new call in September 2017, offering £2M to fund a range of projects from short feasibility studies to large developmental projects that will use STFC funded research to solve key challenges in the Healthcare sectors. Priority challenge areas identified by the Healthcare focus group are:
There is a two stage application process for CLASP. Applicants are invited to submit a short outline, which is assessed by the CLASP panel. Short listed applicants are then invited to develop a full proposal with the assistance of CLASP panel members assigned as mentors.
A launch event for the call will be held on 22 September 2017. Please register for the 2017 CLASP Healthcare call event, which will be held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, NW1 4LE.
Mainstreaming SME support especially through a dedicated instrument
Dedicated SME support is channelled through the SME instrument, introduced in the Work Programme 2014-2015, which promotes SMEs' innovation activities from concept to market. It provides support to a wide range of innovation activities, while helping to increase the economic impact of project results by its company-focused and market-driven approach.
The SME instrument addresses the financing needs of internationally oriented SMEs, in implementing high-risk and high-potential innovation ideas. It aims at supporting projects with a European dimension that lead to major changes in how business (product, processes, services, marketing etc.) is done. It will assist innovative SMEs to shape new markets, create growth, and achieve high return on investment. The SME instrument addresses all types of innovative SMEs so as to be able to promote growth champions in all sectors.
Up to 10 % of the annual budget will be used for phase 1 funding and at least 87% of the annual budget for phase 2 funding. At least 1% of the annual budget will be used for phase 3 related actions, 1% will be used to support coaching and mentoring activities supporting phase 1 and phase 2 and up to 1% will be used for evaluation.
EPSRC - Inclusion matters furthering equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences research
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites applications for its inclusion matters – furthering equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences research grants. These fund projects aimed at improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the engineering and physical sciences. All applications must focus on one or more of the following: embedding, innovating, researching. In addition all must address the following issues:
UK higher education institutions, and some research council institutes and independent research organisations may apply.
The total budget is £5 million to support 10 applications for up to 24 months.