Investing in innovation for the future The
role of the UK Technology Strategy Board
Competitions Programme Manager,
Technology Strategy Board
deliver - Our
Technology Strategy Board
• Business benefit
• Economic growth
• Quality of life
• Leadership role in UK – Connect
• National strategies
• Funding to make things happen – Catalyse
£1 billion investment
over 3 years
The innovation climate
Technology Inspired Innovation –
• Advanced materials
• Electronics, photonics and
• Information and communication
• High value manufacturing
• Medicines & healthcare
• Energy generation & supply
• Environmental sustainability
• Built environment
• Creative industries
• High value services
• Intelligent Transport Systems and
• Low Carbon vehicles
• Low Impact buildings
• Network Security
• Assisted Living
• Detection & Identification of Infectious
The Innovation Climate
• Building networks within communities with similar skills
• Supporting the exchange of knowledge at the individual
level and developing skills for the future
• Inspiring and enabling people to play their part in the
• Building business confidence and using successes to
engage the public
Taking advantage of the upturn
- Our priorities
• Low carbon
- Vehicles, Aerospace, Buildings, Energy, Manufacturing
• Digital economy
- Ultra-fast broadband, creative media, plastic electronics
• Regenerative medicine/stem cells
• ‘New jobs – New Industry’
– Investing in the businesses/industries of the
– Developing the skills for the future
“We now need to focus on the resources, our
businesses and people need to prepare for the
“Critical to this will be ensuring that British
science and technology are at the heart of the
revolutions in industrial production that will
define the 21st century.”
Collaborative R & D Competitions...
What are we funding?
• Circa 900 Business-focused R&D Consortia
• Usually Business led
• 3000 business partnerships
• 826 academic partnerships – 98 HEIs
• £540m invested – of total £ 1,200m
TSB Strategic Criteria
• Does the UK have the capability?
Significant research capability/capacity to exploit opportunities,
• Is the idea “ready”?
Clear opportunity to which this is a timely response.
Speed progress towards more sustainable economic growth.
• Is there a large market opportunity?
What is the size of the global market opportunity?
Will it create added value in the UK, taking into account the global
• Can the Technology Strategy Board make a difference?
Can we add value?
Will our investment promote sustainability and quality of life?
The “Ideal Project”
• A clear commercial opportunity to open up or exploit a
significant growth market.
• A technical challenge that requires the creation of an
industrially driven consortium and innovative and risky
research and development to solve.
• A realistic project with deliverables and applications that are
innovative, commercially exploitable and of wider benefit.
• A demonstrable need for support.
Types of Project
Research Commercial Investment
Councils BAS APP EXP Venture Capital
Technology Strategy Board and other co-funders
Science to Business Business to Business
Basic Research 75% 50%
Applied Research 50% 50%
Experimental Research 25% 25%
• Academic costs are based on 80% FEC and must be submitted through Je-S
• SMEs can received 60% of their cost in grant however the total project
(applied research) cannot exceed 50%
• The exact spread of grant between partners is up to the consortium to
• 2 stage 19 week process
• Full Stage Application builds on information given in the Expression of
• Both forms are broken down into 4 parts
Gateway: Scope Section One: Business Proposition
• Does the project fit the competition • What is the business proposition that
call? the applicants are trying to address
Section Two: Project & Partners Section Three: Value Add
Details : • Is the project value for money?
• What will the project entail? • Why should the Technology Strategy
• Who are the project participants and Board invest?
what is their credentials?
All applications are assessed by independent
reviewers drawn from industry and academia
What do they look for?
•Clear and concise answers
•The right amount of information – don’t
give too much detail or making
•Quantification and justification where
•That you’re the right people with the
right bright idea and the means to exploit
Optional Briefing Applicants Compulsory Applicants
& Draft EOI informed Applicants Informed
Submission Expression & feedback Briefing Grant Offer Letter,
of Interest clinics for Collaboration
deadline successful Competition Agreement, & New
applicants closes Projects Workshop
Expression of Full Stage
Launch Activities Review Assessment Project
• A highly competitive process - only the best quality proposals will be successful
• Opportunities for one 2 one feedback and discussion throughout the
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