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New fund for public sector innovation

Bio-Quarter Edinburgh

9 Nov 2017

The Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund aims to drive more business innovation in Scotland by encouraging businesses to collaborate with the public sector to develop innovative solutions to societal challenges.

The fund is a joint project between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council, with £9.2m to award over the next four years.

Over the last few months the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund team invited Scotland’s public sector to submit their first challenges. Five projects have been chosen from 43 expressions of interest from a variety of public sector organisations:

  • City of Edinburgh Council: Smart electric vehicle charging solutions.
  • Glasgow City Council: Technology enabled Glasgow to support vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes.
  • NHS Highland: Automation and sustainability of pre-cleaning reusable surgical instruments.
  • Scottish Water: Effective and reliable point-of-use water treatment.
  • South Ayrshire Council: Agile and self-powered public space CCTV cameras.

Calls for public sector challenges will be held twice a year on the Scottish Enterprise website. The current call for submissions is open now, closing on 19 January 2018.

Full details of these projects and information on registering interest is available on the Scottish Enterprise website.