The Technology Strategy Board is investing up to £2.5m in projects that demonstrate the potential of hyperlocal media technologies to serve communities across the UK.
These innovations, offering access to news or content services specific to a town, single postcode or other small, geographically defined community, will then be tested and assessed for their technological and economic feasibility.
Projects must be collaborative and business-led. We expect to fund industrial research projects, in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).
We expect to fund between three and five demonstrator projects across the UK, ranging in size from £700k to £1.4m in total costs.
Consortium partners can include businesses of any size, as well as academic organisations, although academic participation will be capped at 30% of the overall project costs. Projects will last between 12 and 18 months and may be deployed in specific geographical areas.
This is a two-stage competition that opens on 4 November 2013. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 18 December 2013. A briefing event for potential applicants will take place on 8 November 2013 in London, with regional briefings taking place later in the month.
A consortium-building ‘sandpit’ event will take place for invited applicants in the week beginning 3 February 2014. Submission of full stage applications will begin on 10 February 2014 with the deadline for applications on 19 March 2014.