Email News January 2018

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Posted 2017-12-08 12:34:17

£19 million in grant funding available for Manufacturing and Materials and Infrastructure Systems

Innovate UK is to invest up to a total of £19 million to support innovation across the manufacturing and materials and infrastructure systems sectors in a new dual-strand sector competition.

Funded projects will target opportunities that offer significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovations.

This is a dual-strand competition, strand 1 will be for manufacturing and materials and strand 2 for infrastructure systems. Funding will be allocated as follows:

* up to £5 million for projects up to 12 months
* up to £14 million for projects between 13 and 36 months

A further £16 million is available for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Applications must improve business growth and productivity or create export opportunities for at least one UK SME involved in the project.

An eligible project in manufacturing and materials must cover at least one of the following areas:

* innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model
* innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse
* a manufacturing or materials innovation, rather than a product innovation

An eligible project in infrastructure systems must show significant innovation in one or more of our priority areas, which are:

* smart infrastructure
* energy
* connected transport
* urban living

Closing date for these competitions is 31st January 2018.

For more information and application forms please visit:

Posted 2017-12-08 12:54:13

Bridging for Innovators programme to leverage £2 billion worth of ISCF funding

Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has launched the £2 billion Bridging for Innovators (B4I) funding programme to support UK Industry to improve productivity and overcome production issues.

This programme offers funding to enable companies to work with STFC's advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities based in STFC's UK large scale science facilities.

Bridging for Innovators is designed to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by leveraging more than £2b worth of existing government investment in large scale scientific infrastructure.

This funding forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the government's £4.7 billion support for R&D over the next four years providing significant investment for industry-led, multi-disciplinary research and business/academic collaboration.

Full details of the funding to Industry under the B4I Programme, how to apply, are available at the following link:

B4I funding is only available for industry and is not intended to fund activities in areas such as product development or fundamental research.

Posted 2017-12-08 13:11:33

£30 million for business and graduate partnerships

Innovate UK has announced an extra £30 million of funding for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which connect UK businesses with an academic or research organisation and qualified graduate to work on innovation projects.

It will allow significant expansion of the KTP programme. Currently, there are 630 graduates and post-doctoral researchers employed in KTPs. These include industrial research and development and entrepreneurial roles.

This funding comes from government's National Productivity Investment Fund. It will help to build the pipeline of high-skilled research talent necessary for a growing innovation economy.

Businesses that have previously taken part in KTPs include Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Sainsbury's and Unilever. Baby food brand, Ella's Kitchen, has run 3 schemes, working with the University of Reading.

The majority of KTPs are made up of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - around 80% of all those run.

To find out more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please visit:

Posted 2017-12-08 16:04:41

First Rampion power is delivered to National Grid

The first of Rampion Offshore Wind Farmís 116 turbines has started generating electricity, with the others set to follow as they are commissioned and turned on one by one in the coming month. Marine South East was previously involved in a number of highly successful Rampion 'Meet the Buyer' events to ensure that South East businesses maximised on the local opportunities.

The installation of all the turbines was completed in September in just six months, with the two MPI jack-up vessels - Discovery and - working around the clock to get the job done.

Recent work has also included completion of the project's electrical infrastructure, which is less visible but no less vital for the wind farm. Offshore, this meant the burial of all 144 kilometres of array cables, which connect the turbines to the offshore substation, as well as the completion of the offshore substation itself.

Onshore, all 26.8 kilometres of cables are now installed and working, and the substation at Twineham is also operating. The first power generated by Rampion was delivered to the grid on 26 November.

Teams of technicians working inside the turbines and onshore in the control rooms will continue carrying out the final work required for each turbine to start producing electricity. All turbines are due to be generating power later in 2018 when the wind farm will be fully operational.

Sussex based community groups have been invited to apply
for funding with the recently launched £3.1 million Rampion
Community Benefit Fund. The Fund is part of a £4 million
package of benefits announced in November, which also
comprised £800,000 for a Visitor Centre and an additional
£100,000 donation, spread across four Royal National Lifeboat Institution stations.

The aim of the Fund is to make a real difference to the local communities by supporting a range of projects, including those with links to environment and ecology, climate change and energy, and improved community facilities. Priority will be given to projects that benefit disadvantaged people and communities. The Fund will be managed and administered by Sussex Community Foundation, a charity with expertise and a proven track record in managing community funds in Sussex.

How to apply for funding:

The Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) will manage the
£3.1 million fund over the lifetime of the project, with grants available across the different geographical areas related to the development, construction and operation of the wind farm.

Specific details on the application criteria can be found on

while interested parties can also telephone the SCF grants team on 01273 409440.

The deadline for the first round of grant making is
Friday 12th January 2018.

Posted 2017-12-22 12:14:17

New campaign launched to inspire and support young innovators

Innovate UK and The Princeís Trust have launched a national campaign to find the next generation of UK innovators.

'Ideas mean business' will offer awards providing financial support, a free package of tools and expert advice to help make a young person's innovative idea a reality.

It follows research that many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds feel there are barriers to them being successful in business.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2017-12-22 12:20:42

Shipwrights' Lectures - Speaker announced, 10th January 2018, Southampton

The next Shipwrights' Lectures will be held at 14.00 on 10th January 2018 at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Manley Hopkinson, a renowned adventurer, business leader, inspirational speaker and leadship catalyst will be among the speaker line-up.

The annual lectures are held at the University of Southampton each year and are free to all attendees The Lectures are open to apprentices, young shipwrights and boat builders, students and graduates. The purpose being to inspire and motivate young people engaged in the UK's £3 billion unique international position in the super yacht, yacht and boat design and building industry.

This year promises to be outstanding and booking is filling up quickly and should be made on line by clicking the link below. More information can be found at

The full programme for the day can be found at Shipwrights' Lectures Programme 2018 at the following link:

To celebrate the hard work and achievement of the Land Rover BAR team, the panel discussion will focus on the technical innovation behind the America's Cup. The panel members will comprise:

Andy Claughton, Naval Architect BAR Technologies
Richard Hopkirk, Land Rover BAR Engineering Manager
Simon Schofield, BAR Technologies Senior Engineer
James Roche, Land Rover BAR Performance and Simulation

The panel discussion will be chaired by Matt Sheahan, Head of Performance Sailing at Sunset+Vine PLC, and will be a lively look at developments within the marine industry. In much the same way as Formula 1 drives innovation in the automotive industry, it is the Americas Cup that drives innovation in ours.

As in previous years, there will be a presentation from two marine apprentices, this time from Oyster Yachts, Wroxham telling of their experiences during their apprenticeship.

Following the interval the keynote speech will be given by Sir Keith Mills GBE DL, who, having left school at 15 with no qualifications, went on to have an amazing career in marketing. Early ventures included founding the air miles and nectar card companies before leading the team that brought the Olympics to Britain in 2012. He was co-founder of the Invictus Games with Prince Harry before becoming a founding shareholder of the America's Cup team, Land Rover BAR.

Posted 2017-11-08 11:50:46

Making Marine and Maritime Science Count, COLUMBUS Conference 24th January 2018, Brussels

This important event will be an international forum to bring together partners, collaborators and interested parties to highlight Knowledge Transfer case studies and lessons learned through the work performed by the COLUMBUS project.

This final COLUMBUS annual event will provide an opportunity to discover and celebrate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and its activities. This international event will also host the launch of the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer handbook and recommendations for European and National funding agencies to embed Knowledge Transfer systems in current and future funding mechanisms.

Training on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology will be offered and will be targeted towards scientists and project managers.

The conference will take place 23rd and 24th January 2018 in Brussels.

Target Audiences:
Knowledge generators including researchers, consultants and scientists; users of marine and maritime research outputs from industry, policy, science and society; funding agencies; and, research and higher education organisations.

Winners of the COLUMBUS Blue Society award for impactful Knowledge Transfer will be announced at this event.

To register interest for the event or for specific information on the COLUMBUS project, contact the COLUMBUS Project Manager: or visit

Posted 2017-11-21 11:34:25