Business Funding Opportunities

BROADBAND COMPETITION FOR EVENT VENUES

Deadline:

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on Friday 27th September 2019.

Details:

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched a new competition for conference centres across the UK to apply for funding to improve broadband infrastructure with the aim of hosting more international conferences at UK venues. The £250,000 funding will be awarded to venues across the UK to support the improvement of on-site broadband facilities and help them attract more international business events.  Applications for funding will be open to event venues with conference facilities, including hotels and event centres that bid for - or plan to bid for - events which attract international delegates. Exact costs will vary between locations, however the average value per project will be approximately £30 000.

How to apply:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/broadband-competition-for-event-venues

 

THE RURAL CONNECTED COMMUNITIES COMPETITION

Deadline:

The competition closes midday on the 25th October 2019.

Details:

The Dept. for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched a new competition to test 5G applications in rural areas, along with plans to improve and extend mobile coverage.  The Rural Connected Communities (RCC) competition will fund up to 10 5G research & development projects to run over the course of 2 years. These projects will trial innovative use cases and technical solutions to build the business case for investment in rural connectivity & explore the capabilities of 5G to benefit rural communities. They will also help demonstrate demand from a variety of economic sectors & rural communities for 5G technologies. Connectivity applications are expected to show a combination of societal and economic benefits that will together create a stronger case for investing in the deployment of 5G infrastructure for rural areas. Consortia are likely to consist of a mixture of organisations including the public, private & 3rd sectors, & academia.

How to apply:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/applying-for-the-5g-rural-connected-communities-project

 

COMMERCIALISING QUANTUM TECHNOLOGIES FUNDING

Deadline:

The deadline for applications is at midday on 30th October 2019.

Details:

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £33m to work with others on developing new products and services that exploit quantum technologies. Projects must aim to speed up commercialisation of second-generation quantum technologies and should address at least 1 of the following areas:

 

  • connectivity and techniques for securing data in storage and in flight;
  • situational awareness including autonomous systems; sensors and detectors for the built environment, transport and infrastructure; imaging and sensing of things currently invisible;
  • transformational computing to solve currently unmanageable problems.

 

The competition has 2 strands: up to £27m is available for consortia undertaking large research projects and up to £6m is available for projects with costs of less than £500,000 that can be undertaken by companies working alone or with partners.

How to apply:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/commercialising-quantum-technologies-apply-for-funding

 

11th September 2019

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