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Innovate UK launches competition to Improve operations through machine learning

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Organisations can apply for a share of up to £250,000 to develop machine learning solutions that will improve Innovate UK’s operations.

The aim of this competition is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Innovate UK’s operational functions. Innovate UK are looking for as many ideas as possible for how machine learning can help grant funding provider make the best use of its existing data. Applicants should show how they would develop and test a prototype application. 

Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence. It allows computers to become more accurate in predicting outcomes without explicit programming, using algorithms that iteratively learn from data.

Project details

In phase 1 applicants will develop a tool or service as part of the feasibility study. Projects should last up to 4 months. They can range in size up to a total cost of £50,000 each, including VAT.

Proposals should include:

  • details of how you plan to carry out the research and development project
  • a breakdown of your proposed costs
  • a plan for the ongoing support of your proposed tool or service
  • a plan for commercialisation

If successful, Innovate UK will expect applicant to engage with them to:

  • support the development of the solution
  • support the user experience
  • validate the proposed performance of the solution

Developments will be 100% funded. We will select suppliers for each project through an open competition process. Applicants will keep the intellectual property rights (IPR) generated from the project. Innovate UK will keep some rights of use. Registration for the competition closes by 12pm on the 6th of September 2017. 

If you have a project that you think will be eligible for Innovate UK funding then feel free to get in touch.  As leading bid writing specialists, we will be able to assess your chances of success and tell you more details about this competition.

Further details can be found on the Innovate UK website.


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