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Cross-Cluster Proof of Concept Grant Funding

Harwell Campus is an exciting place to be, with cutting edge science facilities, major organisations and a great mix of companies from start-ups to multinationals. The Campus has developed thematic “Clusters” as a mechanism to encourage collaboration, knowledge sharing and drive innovation, across areas that are seen as important in driving productivity and growth in the UK economy.

What is the funding opportunity and its aim?

Science and Technology Facilities Council are providing grant funding, of up to £30k per project to support and accelerate innovative cross-disciplinary collaborations across the three clusters at Harwell: EnergyTec, HealthTec and Space.

It is our aim to support and grow new and existing companies at the Harwell campus and in the surrounding region through demonstrating the successful application of technologies, applications and processes in new ways.

Success of previous cross-cluster funding calls

Over the last three years there have been 31 projects, with 21 companies collaborating with 29 organisations. Of the 50 organisations that have benefited from the grant, 14 have been principal investigators (PIs) or collaborators on multiple projects. An example of a previous cluster collaboration area is available here:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Collaborations can be between industries, between industry and research organisations, and between Harwell industries and academia
  • Grant funding must be match-funded by the proposing organisation
  • Projects must develop new technologies or capabilities
  • Collaboration is between two or more organisations, at least one of which will be located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus

Application Process

Applications for this grant will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria and scored against the assessment criteria by a panel of independent reviewers. Both the eligibility criteria and assessment criteria are detailed in the Call Guidance and should be considered when you are completing your application form.

Applications should be jointly written with the collaborating Harwell Campus Cluster organisation(s) in advance of submission. A list of contacts for collaborating organisations is available in the Call Guidance. If you have any queries or would like advice on the most appropriate cluster organisation to work with, please contact Emily Rogers.

Applications should be submitted in collaboration with the organisation you plan to partner with, and submitted to Emily Rogers by midday on 4 November 2019.

Application Check List:

  • Application completed in full, including information on current state aid status
  • Letterhead
  • Details of company number/companies house information

Summary of important dates:

Closing date of application 4 November 2019
Notification of award November 2019
Work to begin November 2019
Final report due March 2020

Last updated: 23 October 2019


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