Challenge fund

Challengefund

Background

The ‘Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund’ was formally launched on 7 November by Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Innovation.

The fund provides support and funding for innovation challenges and helps to coordinate access to multiple sources of open innovation assistance. Out of 43 expressions of interest from a range of local authorities and public sector organisations, South Ayrshire Council was one of only 5 successful challenges to receive funding.

Our Challenge Fund

We are using the Challenge Fund to help develop innovative agile and self-powered public space CCTV cameras. Our current CCTV hardware and infrastructure is very old and is not capable of embracing newer technologies, so needs to be updated.

As a result of the Scottish Government’s Challenge Fund, we have received 100% funding through the Small Business Research Initiative and this has allowed us to award £150,000 in total to five businesses (including two from Scotland).

The funding will now be used by these businesses to develop innovative solutions to help improve CCTV cameras in South Ayrshire in the first instance.

The Council will work with these businesses to develop a CCTV solution that will meet our needs, and which will also allow businesses the opportunity to provide the solution for other public and private sector markets.

More details about each of the five businesses can be found here. The companies now have until December 2018 to put together their proposals.

After the proposals have been received, the next stage will see research and development contracts being awarded by the Council to a maximum of two of the businesses. These contracts, which will be in the region of up to £150,000 each (funded through the Scottish Government’s Small Business Research Initiative) will progress prototypes and undertake field-testing within South Ayrshire.

View further information on the Challenge Fund.