2014 Fast Forward Competition
2014 Fast Forward Competition opens today
Entries for a competition to turn innovative ideas into reality have opened today for eligible universities and research establishments. As part of the 2014 Fast Forward competition they are now able to compete for a pot of the £750,000 funding available.
Since 2010, the competition has provided £2 million worth of funding and inspired 35 innovative UK projects.
Universities and public sector research establishments are encouraged to work collaboratively with businesses and local communities on projects that best use innovation and Intellectual Property (IP). Last year’s projects were in the areas of healthcare and social enterprises, clean technology construction and aerospace.
Minister for Intellectual Property, Lord Younger said:
"I am pleased to support the fourth year of the Fast Forward competition which rewards projects that display innovative approaches to Intellectual Property.
"Our world class universities and industry should always look to find new ways of working together and help support economic growth.
"The Fast Forward competition allows just this. It means our innovative creative industries can produce new and interesting products and services that meet global demand and I urge those interested to submit an entry."
Recent competition winners have included:
• Bloodhound@University project which is involved in the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC) world land speed record project. Based at the University of the West of England, Bloodhound@University secured £80,000 in funding.
• ITALIA project from Buckinghamshire New University. The project was awarded £70,000 to bring together a variety of medical experts, university academics and Buckinghamshire County Council to develop new telehealth solutions to connect patients and doctors
How to enter
C/O Matthew Larreta (GY05)
Freepost CF 4185
The closing date for entries in the competition (electronic and paper) is Friday 13 December 2013.
2013 Fast Forward Competition
A total of 77 entries (244Kb) were received for the 2013 Fast Forward competition, of which 12 were successful
"Start – Ed" - £12,500
"LocalisE - Promoting business growth in North Essex via the Enterprise Agency network" - £16,200
- University of Salford
"Graduate Innovation Office" - £58,000
- Anglia Ruskin University
"Wiki for IP and Spill over through positive externalities and disseminating information asymmetry" - £60,200
- University of Southampton
"Meet the Primes" - £64,750
- Cardiff University (SARTRE)
"Developing an open innovation platform for sourcing solutions to unmet clinical needs" - ”£65,000
"Innovative Telehealth & Assisted Living Ideas and Applications (ITALIA)" - £69,692
- NHS Innovations South East
"Accelerated commercialisation of non-patent Intellectual Property associated with healthcare apps" - £70,000
Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
"Identifying clinical unmet needs for accelerated innovation in medical technology" - £73,700
- Durham University
"Creating confidence in the crowd: Copper-bottoming the Innovation Commons" - £79,500
of the West of England
"Develop and Test an IP Diagnostic Tool for 'Build to Print' SME's" - £85,000
- Liverpool John Moores University
"Angel Accelerator" £89,581
Full descriptions of all winning entries are available in our 2013 winning entries (72Kb) information booklet.
2012 Fast Forward Competition
A total of 53 entries (286Kb) were received for the 2012 Fast Forward competition, of which 13 were successful.
of the West of England in collaboration with University of York, University of Sheffield, and Southampton
"Knowing and Growing 2012 (K&G)" - £90,000
Case studies - Interim (165Kb), Final (322Kb)
"IP Forecast: an early stage value assessment methodology for intellectual assets tailored for the UK research context" - £80,000
Case studies - Interim (193Kb), Final (296Kb)
"Growing innovation management capability to sustain Knowledge Exchange"- £80,000
Case studies - Interim (229Kb), Final (691Kb)
of the West of England
"Bloodhound @ University" - £80,000
Case studies - Interim (155Kb), Final (346Kb)
"Early Bird IP" - £77,000
Case studies - Interim (248Kb), Final (214Kb)
of Portsmouth in collaboration with University of Southampton, and University of Bournemouth
"Creation of a unique cross-organisational innovation and knowledge exchange campus with the purpose of identifying, enhancing and supporting the exploitation of IP within SMEs in the region" - £75,000
Case studies - Interim (775Kb), Final (214Kb)
"From ideas to social enterprise: the integration of social enterprise in university technology transfer" - £65,000
Case studies - Interim (185Kb), Final (190Kb)
NHS Foundation Trust
"Clinical expertise database for increased knowledge transfer in the NHS" - £52,000
Case studies - Interim (265Kb), Final (266Kb)
"Using GEMS to discover and unlock IP value from academic research"- £48,000
Case studies - Interim (192Kb), Final (203Kb)
of Abertay Dundee
"The Dare Repository" - £43,000
Case studies - Interim (166Kb), Final (374Kb)
"IPASS (Intellectual Property Advice and Support Service)"- £30,000
Case studies - Interim (181Kb), Final (630Kb)
"Student Ventures: a bridge to more effective Knowledge Transfer"- £18,000
Case studies - Interim (199Kb), Final (167Kb)
"The sharing of technology transfer protocols relating to the research exemptions across a range of regional public sector institutions" - £11,000
Case studies - Interim (172Kb), Final (172Kb)
Full descriptions of all winning entries are available in our 2012 winning entries (39Kb) information booklet.
2011 Fast Forward Competition
A total of 70 entries (154Kb) were received for the 2011 Fast Forward competition, of which 10 were successful.
of Nottingham in partnership with the Design Council
"Design for Technology Transfer"- £100,000
Case study (1.21Mb)
College of Fashion
"Protecting the Fashion Economy" - £80,000
Case study (216Kb)
of Glasgow in partnership with King’s College London and the University of Bristol
"Easy Access Innovation Partnership" - £80,000
Case study (325Kb)
- MRC Harwell
"Pump-priming the Harwell Oxford knowledge transfer ecosystem" - £75,000
Case study (271Kb)
"South East IP Bank (SEIPB)" - £75,000
Case study (315Kb)
"E-Lucid" - £60,000
Case study (294Kb)
"A model for the rapid commercialisation of university software: Effective use of copyright and trade marks" - £30,000
Case study (1.56Mb)
Innovation in Business Partnership (SIIB), University of the West of England
"Innovating in social enterprises to benefit business and community" - £25,000
Case study (228Kb)
- Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS), University
"Hagen" - £20,000
Case study (256Kb)
BioMed Collaboration, University of Leicester
"Driving Innovation from Bench to the Bedside" - £17,000
Case study (206Kb)
Full descriptions of all winning entries are available in our 2011 winning entries (38Kb) information booklet.