The Technology Strategy Board, with its partners, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) Futures and Innovation Domain, are to invest up to £1.25m in feasibility studies to encourage technologies which can reduce the mounting energy burden of computing and communications devices and systems.
The increasing trend in electronic and computing systems on a global scale is set to continue, to the point where it is likely to have a significant impact on climate change.
For many years, electronic and computing systems and the software which runs on them have been designed with a view to ever-improved performance. However, there is now greater focus on improving energy efficiency of the system as a whole. By devising more energy efficient computing devices and software, we can reduce the global energy burden of such systems and increase customer satisfaction by extending battery life, reducing device size and other measures.
This collaborative demonstrator competition focuses on the design and development of energy-efficient hardware and software, not only for large-scale systems relying on computing capacity but also for mobile devices and embedded chips.
These feasibility projects must be undertaken by a consortium of at least two partners, one of whom can be an academic institution, but they must be led by a business, which can be of any size. Projects are expected to last six to 18 months and can attract public funding of up to 75%, with a maximum grant of £100k for an individual project.
This is a single stage competition. It opens on 8 October 2012 and the deadline for the receipt of applications is noon on 5 December 2012. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held on 23 October 2012.
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Energy Efficient Computing and Energy Harvesting funding competitions – an important update
Please note that the Technology Strategy Board’s State Aid rules have been updated. This may affect the way you calculate your grant.
With immediate effect, the grant limit of £100k per project, as published in the competition brochure, is no longer applicable. Projects will now be able to claim a grant for eligible costs up to £150k. The grant that each organisation can claim must be calculated separately and depends on a number of factors such as the type of work to be undertaken, the organisation type and organisation size.
Full details of the competition funding rules can be found on http://www.innovateuk.org/competitions/guidance-for-applicants.ashx
You must register for these competitions before the 28th November (noon) and submit your application before the 5th December (noon).