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Launch of £25m Future Cities Demonstrator Programme

As initially announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2011 Autumn statement, the Technology Strategy Board has allocated £25m to invest in a Future Cities demonstrator.

Over the last few months we have been working with many of you to develop a competition that will produce the biggest impact we can achieve with the available investment. As of 11 June 2012 the competition is now live.

The funding will be awarded to the city or urban area in the UK that submits the best proposal for a large scale ‘future cities demonstrator’, showing how the city’s multiple systems will be integrated and how challenges in the city will be addressed.

In the context of this competition, a city is a contiguous urban area with a population of at least 125,000.

The competition will run in two stages.

The programme invites local governments and local authorities to initially bid for one of twenty £50,000 grants to carry out a feasibility study and to develop their demonstrator project proposal.  The cities that have completed the feasibility study will then be invited to submit a proposal for the large scale demonstrator – and one successful city will be awarded £24m funding to implement their proposal.

The project will demonstrate, at scale and in use, the additional value that can be created by integrating a city’s systems.  The project will enable businesses to test - in practice - new solutions for connecting and integrating individual city systems, and will allow cities to explore new approaches to delivering a good local economy and excellent quality of life, whilst reducing the environmental footprint and increasing resilience to environmental change.

We are looking for proposals that:

  • show the integration of multiple systems in novel ways;
  • tackle specific challenges in the city;
  • have the potential for a large impact on the economy, quality of life and environment of the city;
  • combine recent or current investment in city infrastructure with the demonstrator funding to create a more effective test environment;
  • provide a platform that allows innovative companies, particularly SMEs, to test their ideas;
  • have the potential for further development and use beyond the initial two years of funding.

 

Project proposals must be submitted by the city or local authority.
 

For registration, application form and guidance for applicants, please visit

http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/future-cities-demonstrator.ashx

We have created some FAQs to try and answer your question here. These will be updated as new questions arise, so please submit your queries in the forum.

A briefing webinar will be held on 22 June 2012. Please register here.

Key dates for the competition:

Stage 1

Competition opens 11 June 2012
Briefing webinar 22 June 2012
Registration deadline 28 June 2012 (noon)
Deadline for applications 5 July 2012 (noon)
Decision to applicants 20 July 2012

 

Stage 2

Competition opens 30 July 2012
Registration deadline 7 November 2012 (noon)
Deadline for receipt of full applications 14 November 2012
Shortlisted candidates invited to panel interviews 27 November 2012
Panel interviews 5 & 6 December 2012
Decision to applicants January 2013

 

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