Challenges

Live Challenges

Challenge Lead: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

The Challenge: To rapidly assess and develop novel solutions and technologies that have the potential to accelerate disruptive innovation in reducing the burden of work on endoscopy suites, which could cover several areas such as (but not limited to):

– New training methods to upskill Health Care Professionals to improve the quality of referrals and increase workforce capacity

– New endoscopy procedures

– Faster decontamination/cleaning/workflow systems

– Development and/or implementation of new non-invasive technology

– AI/advance analytics to monitor, manage and signpost patients on the waiting list

The aims are as follows;

– Better management of demand, ensuring maximum value is delivered by the service

– People will get a diagnosis sooner

– Improved capacity within the service

– Fewer complications

-Improved recovery and discharge from hospital

For more information and to record your interest, see the Sell2Wales notice. To contact the Challenge Fund: CCRChallengeFund@cardiff.ac.uk)

A partnership between Cardiff Council, Monmouthshire Council, the Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund, Welsh Government Innovation and the SBRI Centre of Excellence.

Key points

This £2.6 million SBRI Challenge is now open for applications. You are invited to register your interest on the SimplyDo platform.

In total, the three phases of the Challenge will last until at least March 2025.

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic, the UK’s departure from the European Union, increased energy prices combined with the Russia-Ukraine war has and will continue to present challenges to our food systems.  These events have highlighted how heavily dependent the UK is on imported foods. Cardiff Council and Monmouthshire Council recognise that the way we produce, supply and consume food in the future will play a major part in determining how successful we are in living up to the unprecedented challenges that face us in terms of the climate change emergency, biodiversity loss and diet-related illness.  Shifting our food and farming system to capitalise on our local assets presents enormous opportunities for the health of our economy, people and the planet.

The Challenge

Cardiff Council, in collaboration with Monmouthshire Council and our wider partnership, are seeking to identify and support projects to develop innovative solutions which can significantly improve the sustainable production and supply of food. The Challenge looks for applicants to harness the potential of land, technology and people to increase the sustainable production and supply of locally grown food in the Cardiff Capital Region. The Challenge requires applicants to clearly demonstrate:

  • Problem 1: how they will increase the sustainable production of food in the region and generate positive economic, social and environmental impacts.
  • Problem 2: how they will supply nutritious, locally grown food whilst ensuring a fair price for producers and the wellbeing of future generations.

Applicants can request to solve one or both problems within the Challenge. However, we would strongly recommend and encourage partnerships between applicants so that both problems can be addressed in tandem.

We are interested in sustainable food production and supply chain solutions which can be applied to the public sector, private and third sector to maximise commercial opportunities.

Funding Allocation and Project Details

The competition will run in three phases (subject to viable solutions coming from earlier phases):

  • Phase 1 is intended to show the feasibility of the proposed concept. Development contracts will be for a duration of 3 months and up to £50,000 (inc. VAT) per project. The number of projects awarded will be dependent on the quality of the submissions.
  • Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes of demonstration proposals from the more promising solutions identified in Phase 1, and it is anticipated that projects will run for 12 months. Approximately £800,000 (inc. VAT) of funding has been assigned to this phase and can be awarded to one or more Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible to apply for Phase 2.
  • Phase 3 contracts are intended to provide organisations with an opportunity to scale up their innovative solutions, and it is anticipated that projects will run for a maximum of 12 months. Approximately £1,000,000 (inc. VAT) of funding has been assigned to this phase and can be awarded to one or more Only those projects that have completed Phase 2 successfully will be eligible to apply for Phase 3.

Register your interest

In Autumn 2021, Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) launched 4 challenges seeking innovative deployment technologies to support the transition to zero emission council fleets. Challenges included:

1. On-site renewable energy for EV fleet charging at council depots

Optimisation of on-site renewable energy for EV fleet charging at council depots – KTN (ktn-uk.org)

Challenge Lead council: Merthyr Tydfil

The Challenge: To optimise on-site renewable energy for EV fleet charging at council depots.

Solutions will be scalable and applicable to other Local Authorities in the region.

 

2. Digital twins for management of large-scale renewable energy

Digital twin for management of large scale renewable energy next to depot – KTN (ktn-uk.org)

Challenge Lead council: Monmouthshire

The Challenge: Aim to find data driven approaches to deployment of future vehicles and infrastructure for zero emission vehicles.

 

3. Zero emission auxiliary energy supplies for utility and community vehicles

Zero emission auxiliary energy supplies for utility and community vehicles – KTN (ktn-uk.org)

Challenge Lead council: Monmouthshire

The Challenge: Aim to find integrated energy solutions to enhance the energy capacity of zero emission vehicles to allow auxiliary energy usage.

 

4. Optimising vehicles and charging infrastructure for council fleet to transition to EVs.

Optimising vehicles and charging infrastructure for council fleet to transition to EVs – KTN (ktn-uk.org)

Challenge Lead council: Caerphilly

The Challenge: Aim to find digital solutions to enable the right procurement decisions to be made for the optimisation of vehicles and charging infrastructure to transition to electric vehicles.

Challenges Launching Soon

Watch this space closely for more information on the challenges we have in the pipeline.

Completed Challenges

Simulation Technology for Healthcare Training – SBRI Centre of Excellence (sbriwales.co.uk)

Challenge Lead: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

The Challenge: A rapid Covid-19 response challenge, intended to develop , demonstrate and ultimately commercialise more immersive simulation training solutions for NHS clinicians benefiting from advances in virtual reality and associated technologies. 

Contact us for further information (CCR Challenge Fund: CCRChallengeFund@cardiff.ac.uk)

Watch a video case study of this completed challenge on our YouTube channel