23 01, 2017

Innovation Grants don’t go to the best ideas – they go to the best grant applications

23rd January 2017 Innovation Grants don't go to the best ideas - they go to the best grant applications A recent article in the New Statesman magazine's supplement on technology quoted Eben Upton, inventor of the Raspberry Pi. Applying for government support to develop his idea in 2009 he received the following reply: Thank you for

15 08, 2016

Successful proposal nets £1.8M award for Zeetta Networks

Successful proposal nets £1.8M award for Zeetta Networks Zeetta Networks announced today that it has been awarded a ground breaking £1.8 million Innovate UK contract to deliver a large-scale demonstration of the capability and commercial potential of its innovative NetOS® technology to manage a complex network infrastructure in a flexible, dynamic and cost-effective

13 07, 2016

Innovation funding hit by Brexit

13th July 2016 Innovation funding hit by Brexit Reports are emerging that the Brexit vote is having an unexpected and immediate impact on access to Horizon2020 funding by UK-based organisations.   Succeeding in grant competitions is time consuming and hard, so accessing support and expert guidance is essential.   It would be a travesty if UK

30 06, 2016

Be More Iceland – Delivery and Success are not the same thing

The Icelandic Football Team and the Leave Campaign have a lot in common:  Both are winners; Both teams did unexpectedly well, exceeding expectations and the solemn pronouncements of experts; However, the aftermaths of their respective successes are strikingly different. How success is delivered is really important.  The legacy of a project and the

13 03, 2016

Don’t let David Cameron write your business case – some tips for proposal writers

13th March 2016 Don't let David Cameron write your business case - some tips for proposal writers I have written, reviewed or assessed hundreds of Business Cases, Tenders and Funding Applications. One of the most common problems I come across is the use of qualifiers.  This is where authors undermine their own argument

23 02, 2016

10 things you need to know if considering innovation grant funding for your business

23rd February 2016 10 things you need to know if considering innovation grant funding for your business Between them the European Commission and the UK Government provide several hundred million pounds of direct funding to support SME’s.    However, accessing this support is not straightforward – dealing with government rarely is.   Innovate UK is undergoing reorganisation, and

8 01, 2016

Obtaining grant support for technology-led business growth just got a bit harder

8th January 2016 Obtaining grant support for technology-led business growth just got a bit harder Whilst central government reiterates laudable intentions to focus on support on “new and growing enterprises”, recently announced changes have made things worse – at least in the short term. Following the Chancellor’s autumn statement there will be a