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City Football Group – Stadium Experience Challenges

Working in conjunction with the Business Growth Hub, MIDAS (Manchester’s inward investment agency) and the Department for International Trade, Manchester Met are supporting City Football Group to reach out to the start-up/small business community to help solve some key challenges facing the group and the stadium experience.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to City Football Academy for Start-up week (w/c 24th June 2019), where they will work side by side with key representatives from City Football Group’s Leadership Team to develop a minimum viable product of their solution – which if selected, could be tested with a funded pilot at one (or more) of CFG’s clubs. Applicants will also have the opportunity to network with CFG staff and other start-ups, will receive guidance and entrepreneurial advice on their project as well as accommodation, healthy food and some surprise training with top coaches at the CFA campus.

 Ideally, we’d be looking to pair up academic expertise to support the start-up with their proposed project (but it’s not essential). If you know of any start-ups who might be interested in the challenge areas below, or other academic colleagues who might have an interest and/or links to start-ups, please do send on this link to them and encourage them to apply!

Closing date for applications is 31st March.

 Challenge areas:

How we might reduce waste, improve energy efficiencies and reduce our carbon footprint?

How we can make matchday quicker and easier by removing queues and improving access to services. We are looking for parking solutions, quick serving staff, stadium entry, security and bag checks and improved way finding.

How we might leverage home advantage and engage the crowd even more in the action, creating a visual spectacle, optimize acoustics, create viral moments and connect fans with fans inside and outside the stadium

How we could create a smart environment that enables us to provide each fan with an individual experience, know who is in the crowd, learn fan behaviours to anticipate their needs.

We want all our supporters to feel part of a family that isn’t constrained by physical location or time, enable networking and connect world-wide fans with each other, Gamify Fan Engagement, Empower fans and create immersive and personalized content (broadcasting / TV/ VR/ AR).



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Funder Focus: National Geographic

More than just a magazine, National Geographic offer three different types of research grant: Early Career, Exploration and Requests for Proposals.

They’re seeking proposals that are bold, innovative and potentially transformative with a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling or technology.

If you’re interested in applying to the National Geographic but not sure what type of grant to go for they have a quick quiz that can point you in the right direction – available here.

Early Careers

These grants offer between $5,000 – $10,000 USD and aim to give less experiences individuals a chance to manage and lead a project. Applicants should have less than 5 years professional experience within their field.

Exploration Grants

Available to those experienced in leading a project in conservation, education, research, storytelling or technology. This grant is typically between $10,000 – $30,000 USD.

Requests for Proposals

There are currently a number of different requests for proposals available:

Request for Proposal grants are typically funded at $50,000 USD although funding up to $100,000 USD can be requested.

All schemes above can be applied for at any time as National Geographic accept applications on a continuous basis.

If you’d like to apply for any of these schemes then please contact your Research Development Team.

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RISE: Secure Hardware & Embedded Systems Call for Research Projects

RISEThe Research Institute for Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) is a joint venture of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). The institute aims to identify and address the key issues that underpin our understanding of hardware security, they currently have two schemes available:

 Call for Research Projects

Award Amount: £300,000 in total

Duration: 3 years

Deadline for Application: 31st July 2018

Applications will be accepted with the following areas of interest:

  • Micro-architectural and Analogue Security Evaluation
  • Automated Security Verification in EDA Tools and Software Tool Chains
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Hardware-based Security Services

For a detailed description of each area and for more information please visit the website.

Small Equipment Bids

Award Amount: up to £140,000, although expecting bids in the range of £20k – £50k

Duration: Equipment must be purchased by 15th February 2019

Deadline for Application: 31st July 2018

Funding through this scheme is entirely to cover the purchase cost of equipment (incl. VAT) The equipment must be used for a project which addresses one or more of the RISE research challenges or specific themes (detailed above).

For further information about this call please visit the website.

If you wish to apply for either of these calls or would like to discuss them further then please get in touch with the Research Development team via our email.


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Call: Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats


The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) is seeking to fund innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that will contribute to our understanding of contemporary security threats, or enhance the UK’s capacity to detect and mitigate such threats. Individual researchers and research teams in academic institutions, research organisations, SMEs, and industry are eligible for commissioning funds.

Successful applicants will become part of CREST’s larger research programme, benefiting from resources for translating and communicating evidence for impact, and opportunities for sustained interaction with the user community.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for workshops, short projects and long projects by 31 January 2017.

Applicants should propose a programme of work that addresses one of the following topics:

  • Behaviour change
  • Information disclosure in online/virtual environments
  • Information disclosure across contexts
  • Enhancing long-term memory for complex events
  • Assessing the health of a relationship
  • Measuring rapport
  • Security and discretion
  • Investigative decision making under pressure
  • Making decisions about information value
  • Scenario planning and prediction
  • Terrorist and counter-terrorist actions and decisions
  • Impact of organisational change on counterproductive work behaviour
  • Indirect assessment and risk management
  • Individual differences in the adoption and use of new technology

Commissioning: Second Broad Topic Solicitation


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Regenerative Devices Industry Partnership Call

The Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre invites expressions of interest for its proof-of-concept awards in regenerative devices – industry partnership call. This enables academics and researchers working in close collaboration with medical technology industry partners to undertake proof of concept projects in regenerative medical devices and medical devices with enhanced regenerative functions.

Projects must align with one or more of the following specialist areas:

•directly implanted regenerative devices;

•enabling technologies for regenerative device development;

•companion technologies for regenerative device development;

•implantable medical devices with enhanced regenerative functions.

Awards are worth £100,000 each over two years.

Expression of Interest deadline: 30 Nov 16

Please visit UoL Medical Technologies for more information.

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AAL Smart Ageing Prize

A €50,000 Challenge Prize by the AAL Programme for the best innovation in Internet-connected devices and technologies that will empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently.

Deadline for applications: 12:00 noon 13 May 2016

For more information, please visit AAL.