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First ten awards of £2m Innovation Fund announced

After more than 50 initial submissions, over £1million has been awarded to the first ten pioneering ideas. They will go from drawing board to building site within months.

A device to prevent back injuries, designed by a former soldier collaborating with a Harley Street spinal clinic, and a revolutionary detector of hand arm vibrations that currently affect 300,000 workers across the UK, are among the first wave of innovations awarded funding today.

Read our Case Studies or watch the film to find out more about the projects we're funding.

About The Innovation Fund

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About the Fund

Berkeley is passionate about innovation in the construction industry. We want to create opportunities for anyone to come forward with new ideas that encourage health and safety.

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Our vision

This sets out our approach to the initiative and the three key areas on which we will focus.

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Case studies

Find out more about the different types of projects that are being funded, from research to product development and new cross-sector partnerships.

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How to Apply

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The application process has been designed to be as simple as possible. The three steps are set out below

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Applicants are to submit an expression of interest form online. All expression of interest forms will
be reviewed and short listed against set criteria and must address one of the three focus areas. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Applicants that are short listed are invited to submit a full application, outlining a detailed project plan and budget.

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Full applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified once a decision has been made, the Innovation fund endeavour to respond within 28 days however depending on the proposal and the amount requested this may vary.

Eligibility

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To ensure we achieve the Innovation Fund Vision, there are set criteria you need to meet before you apply.

  • Projects must cover at least one of the three focus areas outlined in the Innovation Fund Vision
  • Applications must accept liability for the total cost of making an application
  • Projects must include a project plan and indicative cost
  • In order for a proposal be considered it must offer solutions to reduce health and safety risk and demonstrate that projects are realistic and feasible
  • Applications submitted must be new innovative ideas
  •  Based in the United Kingdom
  • Focused on reducing construction related risk specifically in the area of Health and Safety
  • Able to give regular feedback and information to demonstrate milestones met (details of reporting and feedback depends on the amount requested and will be agreed with successful applicants)

If you think you might be eligible, proceed to the submit and idea section.

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Submit Your Idea

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We have for a short period only stopped taking formal applications to the fund as we have now committed the initial £2m that was allocated from the Berkeley Group 'Our Vision' strategy for the 2014-16 period. We are also taking the opportunity to review the scope and operational arrangements that underpin the fund.

We envisage the next phase of funding to be open to new applications during summer 2016 and look forward to receiving your application soon.

Please monitor this website page for an update and should you require any further guidance and support please contact contact Arminder Khaira on 01932 584547 or email army.khaira@berkeleygroup.co.uk.

FAQ

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There is a £250,000 limit, however in exceptional circumstances we are open to consider higher amounts for the project. Applicants will state the amount of funds needed on the 'Expression of Interest' form
The eligibility criteria are described in the 'who is eligible' section. Your project will need to both meet the eligibility criteria and directly address at least one of the focus area if it is to be considered for funding.

To apply for funding, you must first fill out an 'Expression of Interest' form which is available on the website. Please note that the 'Expression of Interest' form will need to be completed and submitted online to be considered.

Applications are now closed. For further guidance and support please contact Arminder Khaira on 01932 584547 or email army.khaira@berkeleygroup.co.uk.

All costs included, should be those that are a result of delivering your project.
Yes, providing you are eligible and meet criteria. You must submit a separate application form for each project.
Yes you may re-submit, providing the project meets and addresses one of the focus areas.
The governance committee will assess applications. Assessors have relevant sector expertise, knowledge and experience within Health and Safety and construction.
Live projects will be closely monitored. Progress reports and site visits will be used to evaluate the attainment of defined objectives and milestones.
Any proposed changes to your project must be discussed and agreed before being implemented.
Apply anyway; we can use our expertise to help you refine your project plan.
No, unfortunately products that are already on the market are not eligible for funding.