CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund

Scotland’s public bodies can receive up to 100% funding to support the development of innovative solutions to challenges with no current market solution.

The CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund is a national fund which aims to provide an easy to access, low risk approach to encourgaing more innovation in Scotland.

Launched on 7 November 2017, the fund connects Scotland’s public sector organisations with companies and SMEs to develop innovative solutions to societal challenges. The fund assists companies and SMEs to increase their business innovation and explore new revenue streams, helping make Scottish businesses more productive and competitive.

Scottish public sector organisations work with innovative organisations to develop solutions to operational service and policy delivery challenges.

An innovation challenge is a current service or policy issue where:

  • There is no market ready solution currently available
  • If solved, will bring better services and reduced costs
  • There are customers and markets for the solution out with the public sector organisation

The fund addresses a wide variety and scale of Research & Development (R&D) projects; anything from digital challenges to physical product-based challenges.The fund can support up to 100% of the public sector organisation costs to develop, test and implement creative solutions from the supply chain and will have two competitive calls per year. Once expressions of interest have been received the fund team evaluate and find the most appropriate support route.

The Fund is currently supporting these challenges:

  • City of Edinburgh Council: Smart electric vehicle charging solutions
  • Glasgow City Council: Technology enabled Glasgow, innovative solutions to providing monitoring and support services for vulnerable citizens
  • NHS Highland: Automation and sustainability of pre-cleaning reusable surgical instruments, innovative process and monitoring solutions
  • Scottish Water: Effective and reliable point-of-use water treatment for organic rich surface waters
  • South Ayrshire Council: Agile and self-powered public space CCTV camera systems

Find out more on the Scottish Enterprise website >


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