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Design Foundations Round 3 Competition Briefing - Manchester

Innovate UK Funding Briefing Event



Innovate UK is proposing to invest up to £1 million in early-stage, human-centred design projects. These projects will help businesses engage with customers, users and other stakeholders through human-centred research to identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate better propositions for new products, services and business models.


Innovate UK invites applications from individual, UK registered businesses for projects of up to 3 months for a maximum value of £40,000, allowing up to 70% of the total project costs to be used for sub-contracted design services. Proposals should use recognised design processes to understand customer motivations and behaviour to inspire new ideas, refine current ideas or even inform innovation strategy.


The purpose of the briefing event is to provide vital information to enable businesses to decide if Design Foundations is appropriate for their particular project and, if so, to develop a clear and compelling application. At this networking event you will be able to find out more details of the competition from Innovate UK and be able to start cultivating your collaborations with companies to apply to this programme.


Morning Agenda

  • Opportunity and Scope briefing – Innovate UK
  • Networking opportunities with collaborators

Afternoon Agenda

  • Detail on the application process – Innovate UK
  • Refining your bid


Cannot attend in person? View online:
Alternatively if you are unable to attend in person, there will be a live online webcast of this event. Register for the online webcast here.


Additional events:
There will also be another briefing event and as well as a several online webinars for specific audiences.

01 August 2018 – Webinar for Designers
14 August 2018 – London
16 August 2018 – Manchester
21 August 2018 – Webinar for Past and Re-applicants
21 August 2018 – Webinar for First Time Applicants

For more information about this event please contact our sector lead
Jake Larsson
Knowledge Transfer Manager, Design