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10 November 2013

Innovation Centre: Sensor and Imaging Systems

Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 30 August 2013

Call for Projects

This was the first project call for the newly formed Innovation Centre: Sensors & Imaging Systems.

This was an OPEN CALL COMPETITION for collaborative projects in sensor and imaging systems. Applications for project funding within any sector are sought to undertake collaborative research into the use or development of sensor or imaging systems.

This call, subject to receiving submissions of adequate quality, will fund up to five projects. The selection criteria will be:

  • Company Engagement
  • Commercial Potential
  • Technical Merit

Projects must demonstrate a clear economic benefit to the Scottish Economy. The projects will be appraised by the Governing Board on the Innovation Centre consisting academic, industrial, and economic development representatives against these criteria.

Funding & Eligibility

There is no limit on the total project size, however the funding contribution from the Innovation Centre will be limited to £50,000 which must not exceed 50% of eligible project costs.

Collaborating companies are expected to make a financial contribution to the HEI portion of the project of at least 33% which can be shared amongst the industrial partners and paid directly to the HEI partners involved.

Project support for industrial partners may be available from the relevant economic development agencies (Scottish Enterprise or Highlands & Islands Enterprise) but will be subject to separate review.

Projects must involve at least one Scottish HEI or research organisation, at least one collaborating company with a significant presence (workforce) in Scotland. Project activity within the industrial base, whether directly or sub-contracted, should be undertaken in Scotland.

Projects requiring small amounts of expert knowledge from outside Scotland will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and must be clearly identified and justified in the application.

Not more than 20% of HEI project costs should be outsourcing or equipment /consumables costs (combined).


The scope of the call was broad and general in order to encourage applications from collaborations. All projects should clearly articulate the challenge being addressed, the innovation required to address the challenge, and the route to commercial exploitation of the solution.