Funding to boost advances in environmental monitoring solutions

Innovate UK and the Department for Environment Food Rural Affairs’ (Defra) will invest up to £5 million for collaborative projects that develop environmental monitoring solutions to enable improved monitoring of environmental variables. Global demand for environmental monitoring is rising as awareness grows regarding the importance of monitoring the environment’s state and changes over time. This presents a significant opportunity for future growth and this funding opportunity aims to position the UK at the forefront of this burgeoning market. Innovation in environmental monitoring programme Defra and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)…

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Innovate UK invests over £25m in net zero projects

Innovate UK’s Net Zero Living programme launches UK-wide package of funding and guidance to help accelerate net zero in regions and local communities. A £25 million package of support from innovation agency Innovate UK will help local authorities across the UK: tackle the barriers to climate action projects speed up their progress to net zero share expertise unlock investment opportunities worth up to £500 billon As part of Innovate UK’s Net Zero Living programme, seven local authorities will each receive Innovate UK funding of between £2 million and £5 million…

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UK grants help AI plastic sorting in Kenya, milk pouch recycling in India and waste pickers in South Africa

Plastics pilots funded by the International Circular Plastics Flagship Competition – a collaboration between Innovate UK and WRAP delivered through the Global Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme – have supported actions under international Plastics Pacts and helped deliver improvements at plastic pollution hotspots in Chile, Colombia, India, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa.   David Rogers, International Director WRAP, explains “Having a network of international plastics partnerships is key in progressing consistent work around the world to repair our planet. Each is uniquely placed to make the changes urgently needed within its own…

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AI innovations are awarded £1.9m by Longitude Prize on Dementia

The Longitude Prize on Dementia has announced its 24 Discovery Award winners, who will each receive £80,000 grants as part of the overall £4million prize pot and progress to the semi-final stage. The prize, which is funded by the UK’s Alzheimer’s Society and Innovate UK and delivered by Challenge Works, is driving the development of personalised, technology-based tools that are co-created with people living with the early stages of dementia, helping them live independent, more fulfilled lives and enable them to do the things they enjoy. A total of £1.9 million has…

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UK firms championing inclusive innovation awarded £2.5 million

Innovate UK is helping 50 companies to develop inclusive innovations, from smart gloves that translate sign language to digital assistants for people with dementia. Fifty pioneering companies across the UK have each been awarded £50,000 to further develop their inclusive innovations that include universally accessible electric vehicle chargers and curriculum-aligned mobile games that are revolutionising learning. These companies are winners of the inaugural Inclusive Innovation Award announced today by the UK’s national innovation agency Innovate UK. The value of inclusive innovation The Inclusive Innovation Award encourages all parts of society…

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