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GCRF Demonstrate Impact: Top tips for your application - Simon Yarwood, KTN

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The aim of this competition is to support demonstration-stage projects that have the potential to improve lives of people living in lower income countries and emerging economies. It will support projects that address one or more of the global societal challenges recognised as the UN Sustainable Development Goals through development of innovative, market-creating products and services.

This is a two-phase competition. Phase 1 projects must explore the feasibility of running a demonstration project in phase 2 and applicants can use a human-centred design or technical feasibility approaches during this phase. A successful sub-set of phase 1 projects will be invited to apply for phase 2.

Funding has been allocated from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF will address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and innovation, and will strengthen capability for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries, also providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and will be awarded in a manner that fits with ODA guidelines.

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GCRF Demonstrate Impact: Top tips for your application - Simon Yarwood, KTN

  1. 1. GCRF, London, 03 September 2019 How the KTN can help and top tips for a grant application Simon Yarwood Knowledge Transfer Manager – ICT and Energy Harvesting
  2. 2. The Innovate UK Family Fund Connect Collaborate
  3. 3. The Future, Faster As a network partner of Innovate UK, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries Connecting with KTN can lead to potential collaborations, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  4. 4. Connecting People to Drive Innovation People - Find Expertise Products - Find Markets Pounds - Find Finance GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  5. 5. Finding valuable partners - Project consortium building - Supply Chain Knowledge - Driving new connections - Articulating challenges - Finding creative solutions Awareness and dissemination - Public and private finance - Advice – project scope - Advice – proposal mentoring - Project follow-up Promoting Industry needs - Informing policy makers - Informing strategy - Communicating trends and market drivers Intelligence on trends and markets - Business Planning support - Success stories / raising profile Navigating the innovation support landscape - Promoting coherent strategy and approach - Engaging wider stakeholders - Curation of innovation resources Connecting Supporting NavigatingInfluencingFunding What we do GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  6. 6. Top tips for a good application GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  7. 7. Fundamental 1 1. Is it a big enough market? Does it represent value for money compared to the investment requested? Will a 10% market share give you a return to justify the grant value that you are asking for? GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  8. 8. Fundamental 2 2. Can the innovation be world leading? Is the idea sufficiently distinctive and strong to be successfully exploited in the UK and globally? Can you really not buy ‘it’ elsewhere at a reasonably comparable cost or get ‘it’ from a consultancy? GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  9. 9. Fundamental 3 3. Is it at the right stage of development? It must be market driven, rather than predominantly a research project. Do you have a customer in mind for ‘it’, are they a partner on the application and if not why not? GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  10. 10. Fundamental 4 4. Why should public money be used? Why not use company funds or raise additional finance via VC investment or a bank loan? Do you have a strong risk register, that isn’t just a paper exercise where everything’s nicely mitigated so as not to scare off the investor? GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  11. 11. Where’s my copy? GCRF, London, 03 September 2019 Download a copy of the full guide from the KTN here,
  12. 12. Name Approximate Technology Readiness Levels covered Topics covered Who they fund/support Research Councils: under UK Research and Innovation. councils/ 1-3 Each Council has its own list of sectors and topics it supports. Grant funding for UK Universities and Research organisations. UK business can sometimes work with them on specific industrial engagement activities that may revolve around access to their state of the art facilities. Innovate UK ions/innovate-uk 4-6 A wide range of targeted topics for funding identified by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and an open call for Innovation currently under Smart Grants UK business and research organisations with a particular focus on SME’s looking to grow their business. Knowledge Transfer Network 3-7 All Innovate UK topics are supported by KTN activities and cover industries and technologies from Agriculture to X-Ray detection. KTN does not fund, it offers support to new and existing Innovative Businesses. They provide advice on grant applications, offer introductions to collaborative research partners, or help in identifying alternative sources of funding. Enterprise Europe Network 4-9 EEN offers business support and advice across a wide range of topics EEN does not fund, it offers business support and advice similar to KTN, but with more of a focus on European research funding and also offers free consultancy on business development through the Innovate to Succeed programme. Catapult Centres 6-8 Each Catapult is focused on a specific sector and topics Catapults do not fund but they do offer facilities for CR&D and technical expertise to develop ideas to prototype stage. And can also partner with companies on certain grant applications. GCRF, London, 03 September 2019
  13. 13. KTN – Joining and Getting in Touch Simon Yarwood GCRF, London, 03 September 2019