Innovate UK – Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme

Funding for individuals based in a UK academic institution to join the cyber security academic startups programme.

Fund Information

Funding body: Innovate UK (IUK)
Maximum value:£ 16,000
Application deadline: 31/01/2018

Extended Description

Innovate UK (IUK) is the UK’s innovation agency and an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It works with people, companies and partner organisations to de-risk, enable and support innovation, and promote UK economic growth.

IUK, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will invest up to £500,000 in innovative cyber security ideas coming from the academic research base in order to identify the best commercial opportunities in academia in respect to cyber security.

Successful applicants will participate in a 6-week programme (including three activities taking up to five days in London) to determine the value of the idea and, if appropriate, to identify the best commercial route to progress. The programme will be supported by industry experts, including those from cyber security. It will include the development of a detailed value proposition and an associated pitch.

IUK plans to accept up to 30 applications. The grant may be used to fund salary, travel and accommodation expenses for the individual that will take part in the programme.

 Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be based in a UK academic institution, have a cyber security idea and be interested in commercialising it. Applicants must have the support of their academic institution’s technology transfer office, or equivalent.

All individuals based in a UK academic institution are eligible, including but not limited to early career researchers and senior academic researchers.

Applicants must be dedicated to the project for the six week duration from mid-February.

Value Notes

Projects can have total costs up to £16,000 paid as a grant. Applicants may request more than this amount but must justify this in their application. Applicants can apply for funding support up to 100% of their eligible project costs.

The grant will be paid at the end of the programme to the academic institution only.

Terms and Conditions

To participate in and complete the programme, successful applicants must attend three events in London. The planned dates are:

  • 14 and 15 February: 2-day boot camp.
  • 8 March: 1 or 2-day mid-programme review.
  • 22 or 23 March: 1-day pitch to selection panel.

Successful applicants will be contacted by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) with full details of the programme, including definite dates.

Application Procedure

Applicants should register and sign in online to submit an application.

Proposals should include the applicant’s area of research, the problem they are solving and the proposed solution.

Applications must have been submitted by the 31 January 2018 deadline.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 9 February 2018.