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Sector News

Sector News

Government Consults on R&D Tax Credits

R&D tax credits are the single largest Government support for business investment in R&D and HMG would like to make the scheme easier to understand, and to ensure that all SMEs that could benefit from the scheme are doing so. The consultation is aimed at improving guidance for this scheme and to seek comments about the design of an advance assurance service which will help companies claiming for the first time.

Venturefest Yorkshire Calls for Entrepreneurs and Inventors to apply for the Innovation Showcase

Businesses across the region with innovative services and products to launch are being invited to showcase them at Venturefest Yorkshire.

The Innovation Showcase is a chance for inventors and entrepreneurs from the science and technology sectors to demonstrate their ideas to over a thousand delegates attending Venturefest Yorkshire on 12 March. The showcase is organised by Science City York and supported by The University of York, with the most innovative product receiving a prize package worth around £13k.

£50K prize and an audience of global investors at Venturefest

Venturefest Yorkshire is giving the region’s start up businesses an opportunity to win a prize package worth £50k and get their business in front of international investors as well as the largest angel investor base in the north of England.

Audiovisual Funding from MEDIA Desk UK

This year, the EU’s MEDIA and Culture funds were combined under a cross-sectoral programme – Creative Europe. The new 7-year, €1.46 Billion programme supports the development of European films, TV and games, as well as cultural festivals, professional training, and literary translations.

Job opportunity: Climate-KIC Business Developer, Johanneberg Science Park

Johanneberg Science Park, Sweden, has a vacancy for a Climate-KIC business developer who will report directly to the Building Technologies Accelerator Manager and work as an integral part of a collaborative team in the Nordic region and across Europe. 

The business developer will be responsible for the commercialization of all emerging products, including the HSB Living Lab which will be built on the Chalmers campus in the first half of 2015. 

Autumn Statement 2014


Autumn Statement


In the Autumn Statement this afternoon, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said

S-Lab Awards - open for applications

The 2015 S-Lab Award scheme are now open for applications.

Awards categories will be based around the 2014 categories.

Categories for applications are:

1. New or Refurbished Laboratories

2. Laboratory Effectiveness

3. Laboratory Environmental Improvement

4. Best New or Improved Product

5. Laboratory Informatics

6. Making a Differrence

7. Laboratory Based Teaching and Learning

FITMAN European project to develop and apply technologies to the manufacturing industry

FITMAN (www.fitman-fi.eu) is a project within the European Commission’s Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership (FI-PPP) framework, developing and applying technologies to the manufacturing industry. 

The Innovation, Research and Technology sector ups its game

The Innovation, Research and technology sector ups its game and imapact according to Oxford Economics study. 

Applications for the 2015 MacRobert Award are now open

The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award has become synonymous with spotting the ‘next big thing’ in technology, having been established 45 years ago to identify outstanding innovation with proven commercial promise and tangible societal benefit. The very first award in 1969 recognised the extraordinary Rolls-Royce Pegasus engine, used in the iconic Harrier jets, and in 1972 the judges highlighted the achievement of the first CT scanner - seven years before its inventor Sir Godfrey Hounsfield received the Nobel Prize.