£1.25m Competition: ‘Seeing more than before – emerging imaging technologies’

The Technology Strategy Board is investing up to £1.25m in feasibility studies to bring emerging imaging technologies closer to commercial use, a competition that is particularly relevant to the design and computer games communities.

This competition will support projects that could enable richer, more wide-ranging information to be gained from imaging, creating new applications and value propositions, with the potential to disrupt existing markets.

The competition is for "significant advances or breakthroughs, leading to higher speed, reduced noise, wider dynamic range, higher resolution, greater efficiency, wider field, extended bandwidth, higher information content or lower cost." Projects must be collaborative and business-led, and the competition is open to all UK-based companies and research organisations.

The TSB funds feasibility studies in pre-industrial research, in which a business partner will attract up to 65% public funding of their project costs (75% for SMEs). The projects could last up to 12 months, with total costs of up to £150k per project.

Key dates

  • Competition opens: 3rd February 2014
  • Deadline for registration: Noon, 26th March 2014
  • Application deadline: Noon, 2nd April 2014

Application details

Details of the call and how to apply can be accessed from the Technology Strategy Board website.

Briefing Events

The ESP KTN has worked with the Technology Strategy Board to organise several information and networking events throughout the country. Each of the events will have a pitching session that allows organisations to promote their project and expertise and to seek partners for the call.


IP5 Offices Statistical Report

The Five IP Offices (IP5 Offices) – the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – have published their annual compilation of patent statistics.

According to this report, the IP5 Offices granted 923,979 patents in 2012, which represents an increase of 17% in relation to the previous year.

For further information, visit the respective webpage of the European IPR Helpdesk.


Join Us in Vilnius for ICT 2013!

ICT 2013, "Digital Agenda for Europe", will be held in the historic city of Vilnius, Lithuania from 6th to 8th November. Comprising a conference, exhibition, networking sessions and investment forum, ICT 2013 will be attended by over 4,000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives and politicians from across Europe, providing a unique opportunity to meet leaders of digital innovation and enterprise, and to help shape future developments in a field of critical importance to European economies.

The central focus of the event will be Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

EMC2 Networking Session

EMC2 will be running a special networking session entitled "Towards More Agile and Responsive Support for Innovation". We will be asking tough but necessary questions about EU support for research and enterprise, and hopefully stimulating new and constructive ideas for improving European technology research cooperation and industry support.

Questions to be addressed include:

• What are the main concerns of industry with regard to EU-funded innovation support?

• How can we reduce bureaucracy, duplication and waste?

• How can we make the EU funding monolith agile and responsive to industry needs?

• Should projects be shorter, smaller and more focused?

If you wish to attend the EMC2 networking session, please register for the event below. This will help us with the planning and organisation.

Eventbrite - Towards More Agile and Responsive Support for Innovation

If you are using Twitter, you may use the dedicated twitter hashtag #ICT2013emc2 for this event.

An Open Invitation

If you are attending ICT 2013 in Vilnius and have a view on any of these (or related) questions, we would be delighted for you to come and give a short (5-10 minute) presentation in the EMC2 networking session, which is scheduled for Friday 8th November, 11:50-12:35. Please contact: george.whale@emc-square.org

If you're not attending Vilnius but would like to tell us your views on the above, please contact us also.

ICT 2013 will be opened by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, and Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes.

Photo: Backyard of the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, by Lestat (Jan Mehlich).


Submit Your Business Idea to .ItCup in Pisa!

Do you have an idea for turning research into business?

.itCup is a business competition taking place at the Internet Festival of Pisa, Italy, in October 2013. It is organized by Registro.it in partnership with Polo Tecnologico.

The competition organisers are seeking seed-stage projects that have a business plan or a draft for development. Up to 8 entrepreneurs will be selected to participate in .ItCup, where they will receive free coaching and an opportunity to present their start-up pitches to a group of leading investors.

The event will consist of 4 phases:

1) Selection
You can register here. Ideas will be evaluated on originality, innovation and market potential.

2) Training and personal coaching
The 8 selected seed-stage projects will participate in a training course and personal coaching session to improve their marketing pitch and business plan.

3) .ItCup day
The selected projects will be presented to investors.

4) Follow-up
Winners will receive a report with proposals and guidelines as a starting point for business development.

.itCup is open to everyone: students, graduates, researchers, professors, freelancers, individually or in teams.

To submit your business idea go to www.itcupregistro.it, complete the application forms and send them to segreteria@itcupregistro.it by 7th September 2013.


EMC2 at Greek Innovation Expo 2013!

EMC2 is delighted to announce that it will be an exhibitor at the Greek Innovation Expo 2013, which takes place at Helexpo Palace in the historic city of Athens on 16-19 May 2013. GIE 2013 provides a showcase for Greek and European innovation, enabling leading companies and researchers in technology and design to exhibit, meet and collaborate. Continue reading