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Additional projects awarded funding to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus


Additional projects awarded funding to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus

In addition to the over 800 projects already announced, a further 53 projects will receive £2.6m between them from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This takes the total number of UK business receiving grants from Innovate UK in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to over 900.

These projects will demonstrate benefits to society and industries that have been severely impacted and/or permanently disrupted by the coronavirus. Three examples are:

  • Figment Productions will work on an alternative to touch screens in public places, where pathogens can live for days.
  • Toshiba Europe will work on a fleet of logistic robots capable of autonomously coordinating delivery of vital supplies in ad-hoc arenas, such as the Nightingale hospitals.
  • River Lane will work on a first of its kind environment where quantum computer development can be done remotely, rather than in-lab which are currently inaccessible.

Dr Ian Campbell, Executive Chair, Innovate UK, said:

“It’s fantastic that over 900 businesses have now received funding through the FAST start Covid-19 funding stream, with the latest projects directly aligned to the ISCF challenges. All awards were fast-tracked so the UK will be better placed to accelerate research, development and innovation into economic prosperity, creating a competitive position in global markets and enabling the UK to be more resilient to future disruption”.

Mike Biddle, Programme Director for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to fund more projects which applied for COVID-19 business continuity funding. This funding from the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund is focused on R&D that will help to tackle the societal and industrial challenges we all face”.


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