About Us

What is the Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund?

The CCR Challenge Fund provides a mechanism to engage public sector bodies, active in the Cardiff Capital Region, in the identification and development of challenges and to connect them with organisations who can provide innovative solutions to those challenges, leading to better services, improved efficiency and effectiveness, and increased productivity.

The purpose of the funding is to help the public sector to obtain novel products and services to address challenges and, in doing so, provide a route to market for those solutions. Public sector bodies propose challenges for support and those successful, in securing a funding award, will act as ‘Challenge Owner’ organisations and will work closely with potential ‘Solution Providers’ in the development of solutions.

What are the Challenge Aims for the Cardiff Capital Region?

The Challenge Fund aims to build local wealth through creating commercial opportunities for organisations across the CCR by inviting them to propose solutions to challenges across three priority themes: accelerating decarbonisation, improving the health and wellbeing of the region’s citizens, and supporting, enhancing, and transforming communities.

The Challenge Fund aims to​

Solve societal challenges and/or service delivery issues

Create innovative solutions

Deliver economic impact for the region

Drive commercial scalable opportunities

Build local wealth

Key Partners

We are collaborating to tackle some of the Cardiff Capital Region’s most pressing issues, drawing on the region’s talent to develop novel solutions where there is an unmet need.

Cardiff Capital Region

The Cardiff Capital Region is transforming the economy, business landscape and potential for inclusive prosperity across the most populous region of Wales.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is the delivery partner on the CCR Challenge Fund, with the Centre for Innovation Policy Research undertaking collaborative research on innovation

YLab

Y Lab is the public services innovation lab for Wales.  Led by Cardiff University, Y lab combines innovation methods and mindsets with social science research to meet societal challenges.