Feasibility studies competition for multi-disciplinary software development

logoKTNCDeveloping novel approaches to multi-disciplinary software development

The Technology Strategy Board and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are to invest up to £1.5m in a programme of technical feasibility studies and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) to stimulate the development of new multi-disciplinary approaches to software development.

They are looking to fund projects that seek to create novel approaches to critical parts of the software development process, such as capturing user requirements and understanding user culture, and the translation of these into proposals for effective business methodologies suitable for small projects and budgets.

The aim is to reduce the amount of software that is produced that is unfit-for-purpose, because it is developed without a real understanding of the contexts that users are working in, or their cultures and behaviours, and so does not meet user requirements. The AHRC is particularly keen to encourage innovative engagement with research expertise from across the full spectrum of the arts and humanities.

The programme aims to enable software development teams to work with partners with complementary expertise from non-software disciplines (eg the arts, humanities and social sciences), to explore new and better ways of working, meaning that the value of significant annual investment in software development in the UK can be maximised.

Feasibility studies are open to companies of all sizes, and must be business-led and collaborative. Projects can attract up to 75% public funding for SME business partners (65% for larger organisations). Total project costs should not exceed £66,666. It is expected that projects will last up to six months.

A KTP involves the formation of a partnership between a business, an academic institution (or other research base partner). KTPs are open to all UK companies and UK higher education institutions, colleges and research organisations. For this call projects are expected to be anything between 26 and 51 weeks.

The feasibility study competition and the KTP call open on 28 May 2013. A briefing event for applicants will be held on the same day at the Royal Academy of Engineers in central London. The event will be telecasted via the web.

The deadline for registration for the feasibility studies competition is noon on 3 July 2013, and the deadline for submission of applications is noon on 10 July 2013.

KTP applications may be submitted at any time and the final deadline for submissions to this call is 2 October 2013.

Any organisations applying to both competitions must make sure that their proposals can stand alone and are not dependent on both applications being successful.

Further information can be found at the following link: https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/multi-disciplinary-software-design-competition-briefing/overview

You can join this group at https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/mdsd

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