Deadline:   22 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time Specific Challenge: Start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the primary source of innovation in Europe and globally. However, the fragmentation of innovation ecosystems and the lack of connectedness among public national and regional agencies appear to be one of the main bottlenecks towards ensuring the support of …

by Heather Smith

Deadline:   02 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time Specific Challenge: Only 5% of European start-ups scale-up and pursue the position of world tech leaders. As high growth companies are the ones largely responsible for job creation and economic benefit, this is a missed opportunity. These growth barriers are even higher for truly high-risk deep tech innovators, the …

by Heather Smith

Deadline:   15 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time Specific Challenge: Improving SMEs’ access to public procurement is an important objective for the European Commission. Inside the Union, the SMEs’ weight in above threshold procurement is still low when compared with their contribution to Gross Domestic Product (only 45% compared to 58%). The participation of SMEs in procurement …

by Heather Smith

Today, the European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the crisis, develop resilience and build on green and digital transformation for …

by Heather Smith

Are you a health tech start up focusing on remote monitoring and mental health? Recruitment is now open for a new government programme to help start-ups drive transformation. GovTech venture firm PUBLIC is seeking start-ups for the latest GovStart programme, aimed at using technology to deliver healthcare amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown demonstrated the need …

by Heather Smith

The European Commission is launching a call for proposals for a Preparatory Action in the field of Digital Solutions for citizen engagement.Technology can be used to facilitate citizen’s access to, and interactions with, public administrations. The objective of this preparatory action is to set up a network of local ‘laboratories’ to support the development and roll-out of digitally enabled innovative solutions for citizen engagement in policy making …

by Heather Smith

Applications open for Infrastructure Organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups to access National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds Current Status: Open for Applications Maximum value: £ 20,000 A growing body of data, including from ONS and Public Health England shows that people who are Black, Asian and from minority ethnic (BAME) groups have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. BAME-led organisations are playing a pivotal role in ensuring …

by Heather Smith

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £345,000 (including VAT) to develop new solutions using digital technology to provide psychological support. Competition opens: Monday 20 July 2020 Registration closes: Wednesday 9 September 2020 11:00am This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by NHS Scotland. Successful applicants will receive 100% funding and have access to …

by Heather Smith

Introduction Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme will award fixed grants of £35,000 for projects developed by and for veterans. Projects should aim to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing by getting veterans out and active. You can find out more about the projects awarded in earlier round of this programme …

by Heather Smith

Specific Challenge: The challenge is to develop a scalable, reliable and cost-effective early warning system prototype to forecast and monitor vector-borne diseases in order to contribute to the prevention of outbreaks mitigating their impact on local, regional and global scales and providing support to existing elimination efforts. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), vector-borne …

by Heather Smith
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