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Early Stage Design in Innovation

Design is a powerful tool when used effectively throughout the entire life of an innovation project – from concept all the way through to commercialisation.

It can lead to time and cost savings and better project outcomes, especially when embedded early in a project’s life cycle.

The UK is in the premier league of creativity and design boasting a multidisciplinary sector, from strategic design to brand design. According to a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills report, every £1 invested in design provides an average return on investment of £25. There is a huge opportunity for UK companies to increase their use of design in early stage innovation to deliver products and services with increased ‘market pull’ and improved social, economic and environmental impact.

The Early Stage Design in Innovation Guide helps businesses explore how design can be used in innovation and what is needed to create the best environment for design to deliver high value.

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Our Early Stage Design in Innovation Expert

John Bound

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Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 07/10/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

Opens: 04/10/2021 Closes: 01/12/2021

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News

13.01.2021

Collaborating and building community to support innovators who are Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey

Innovators always need help on their journey to overcome key challenges and barriers. Our recently launched Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey: A Guidebook can help circumnavigate some of those barriers.

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29.07.2021

How Manufacturing Made Smarter funding helped i4 Product Design succeed with their advanced technology project

Innovate UK Manufacturing Made Smarter funding has enabled the development of an AI-driven manufacturing cost estimator and digital supply chain technology.

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