Marc Dobson from the Jisc BCE Team attended a Technology Strategy Board briefing event in Gateshead on 19 May. This event sought to highlight a new opportunity for project funding and was one of a number held around the UK. A national briefing also took place in London for which a recording is available.
Learning technologies is a relatively new area for TSB support. This competition follows on from the IC Tomorrow programme in 2013 which funded three projects to facilitate SMEs working with large scale partners to deliver technology solutions to aid learning and teaching.
In this current competition, The Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) are to invest up to £1.1m in exploratory studies into the design of technology-based products and services that will improve learning outcomes.
This SBRI competition seeks to stimulate business performance in an already vibrant education technology sector by supporting high-quality design of commercially viable products and services that can be delivered at scale while being affordable and easy to use.
Proposals are sought for products and services that will improve attainment among learners above five years old (from Key Stage 1) and in formal (primary, secondary, higher or further education) or in non-formal learning environments.
The competition is open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution. Successful organisations will attract a 100% funded development contract of up to £80k (inclusive of VAT) and projects will last up to six months.
SBRI competitions are organised in two phases. Applications are currently only being sought for Phase 1 only – a decision on whether to move forward with Phase 2 (contracts for product and service development) will be dependent on the outcomes from Phase 1.
This competition opens on 12 May 2014. The deadline for registration is noon on 2 July 2014 and the deadline for applications is noon on 9 July 2014.
Find out more about the competition on the TSB website