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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


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Developing Digital Roads and Improving Air Quality (Development or Pilot Only, 1 Phase) SBRI Competition

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Funding for UK businesses, alongside the research base or third sector as subcontractors, to propose solutions and ideas for the design and use of UK roads. This competition is for proven feasibility projects at development stage (higher TRL).

Innovate UK (IUK) is administering two new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competitions, established with funding from Highways England. They aim to develop innovative ideas and solutions that will change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used. Projects that have not already been demonstrated on the strategic road network in England will be in focus.

Six themes will be covered by both competitions:

  1. Design, construction and maintenance.

  2. Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

  3. Customer mobility.

  4. Energy and environment.

  5. Operations.

  6. Air quality.

Funded projects must be relevant to the UK public highway. They can focus on particular types of road (from all-purpose trunk roads to motorways) or types of road use (including public transport and freight). It can either be location-specific or generic.

The Feasibility Study and Development or Pilot Competition has two phases; for projects where feasibility has not yet been proven (low technology readiness level). In Phase 1: technical feasibility, up to £2 million is available for projects to develop feasibility studies. Individual projects will be awarded up to £75,000. Phase 2: prototype development and evaluation involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to successful applicants from phase 1. Up to £6 million is available for the whole phase, with a view to producing a prototype. Projects will be awarded up to £1 million.

The Development or Pilot Competition has one phase for projects where feasibility has been proven and is at development stage (mid to high technology readiness level). The funding is available to further progress the research and development (R&D) and produce a prototype. A total of up to £12 million is available to fund projects in this competition. Projects can have total eligible costs of up to £1 million.

UK-based organisations of any size can lead a project. They may work alone or with others from business, the research base or the third sector as subcontractors.

The two parallel competitions will open to applications on 11 February 2019 with a deadline for registrations of 1 May 2019.

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