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Welcome to the March 2019 edition of the Northern region newsletter. This month we have a number of exciting events and opportunities for grant funding.

You can view events, international opportunities and other useful information on our website.


Perpetual bulbs

EUR 2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council

This month, the European Commission took decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC). With the European Innovation Council, the Commission is responding to the need to close the innovation gap in Europe by identifying and funding Europe’s most promising start-ups and SMEs. Currently in its pilot phase, the EIC will become a full-fledged reality from 2021 under the next EU research and innovation programme, the Horizon Europe.

Read more

Funding opportunities

Leeds outlook

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million to develop new ways to monitor domestic heat and energy

£1.25 million is available through an Innovate UK Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition for projects that can help Leeds and York local councils improve domestic heat and energy monitoring.

The competition aims to develop non-intrusive ways to monitor a household’s environmental condition. Proposed heat and energy monitoring solutions must suit the different types of homes, including high rise tower blocks, and take into account a variety of tenants.

The competition opens on 1 April 2019 and the deadline for registration is at midday on 8 May 2019.

Find out more

Upcoming events

Local: Learning Lunch – Advanced bid writing

Location: West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Devere House, Vicar Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 5AH

Date: 24 April 2019 – 12:00-14:00

Join the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce team for their next Learning Lunch where you can learn what it takes to get ahead in public sector bidding and also network over a buffet lunch.

Book here

Local: Access Innovation – Planning your digital innovation project

Location: Digital Health Enterprise Zone, Phoenix South West, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP

Date: 25 April 2019 – 10:00-12:00

This masterclass aims to enhance traditional business models and processes with digital technologies, and to digitally transform existing business models.

At the heart, digital innovation is the application of new technologies to existing business problems or practices.

Join the RTC North team as they explore the process of how you can effectively plan your digital innovation.

Book here

National: UN Geneva – One-to-one business clinics

Location: London Chamber of Commerce, 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP

Date: 16 April 2019 – 09:30-15:50 (20 minute slots)

This business clinic is the first stop for any company seeking to do business with the UN. For companies keen to take advantage of the prospects, this business clinic will highlight how your business can join a trade mission to Geneva to meet UN representatives later this year.

Book here

International: Environment and water technologies business mission to Korea

Location: South Korea

Date: 23-27 September 2019

This five-day mission will give the opportunity to participants to showcase their products and technologies to a targeted audience of potential business partners. Up to 50 European companies will be chosen for this mission.

Apply by 10 May.

Book here

Get involved

Consultation: Evaluation of existing Food Contact Materials legislation

Have your say on the suitability of existing Food Contact Materials (FCM) legislation. The evaluation will cover the functioning of the FCM Regulation in its entirety and the rules and tools provided for by this legislation, such as specific implementing measures. It will also examine the situation concerning materials for which there are no EU measures and which are subject to permitted national measures.

Click here to view the public consultation

Consultation: Proposal for micro plastics restriction

Have your say on a proposal to ban intentionally added micro plastics in consumer and professional products.

The consultation is open until 20 September 2019.

Click here to view the public consultation

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