Innovate UK UK-Guangdong Urban Innovation Challenge 2017

The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and Guangdong province in China, in order to address one or more of Guangdong’s urban challenges. Innovate UK and Guangdong Department of Science and Technology (GDST) are funding this competition as part of the Newton Fund.

Projects should address one or more of the following urban challenges:

– Smart mobility
– Affordable healthcare through big data solutions
– Smart platforms for sustainable urban environments

Guangdong province is China’s largest provincial economy and the principal driver of the national economy over the last 30 years. As this competition’s challenge areas are specific to Guangdong province, solutions should include adapted responses at provincial level.

Proposals are expected to range in size from total project costs of £350,000 to £500,000 in the UK. Projects should last up to 2 years.

UK teams must be led by a business, and a business or a research organisation registered in Guangdong is able to lead the project in Guangdong. Projects must include one Chinese business that has been registered in Guangdong province for over one year.

Further details of the challenges and the competition are available from the Innovate UK website. The deadline for applications is 27 September 2017, and a webinar will be held on 10 July 2017.

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