Funding, via innovation vouchers, is available for businesses and local authorities in the UK that require assistance managing and exploiting their data, with support provided by experts at local universities.
Organisations will have up to £2,000 to work with experts within the Centre, across the Universities of Essex, East Anglia, Kent, and the London School of Economics.
Applicants may apply for up to two vouchers a year, for up to a maximum of three years.
The Data Analytics Innovation Voucher programme offers businesses an opportunity to explore their data and address problems with the support of researchers who are experts in their field. In order to quality for support, applicants do not need to have any specific data already collated or stored. The researchers who will work with them through this programme can identify the data needed to move forward with a project.
Through the programme, the funder is inviting small business owners, public sector organisations and local government, including councils, to apply for a £2,000 Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV).
Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the programme guidelines, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
The programme is open to businesses and local authorities across the UK where there is potential to deliver a benefit to the public. The DAIVs aim to support small to medium organisations; however larger organisations may also be considered.
The vouchers can be used to pay for BLGDRC experts to act as consultants in order to address specific problems or help businesses collect and use data more effectively, or they can be used to provide free or reduced cost data analytics training for staff.
Interested parties may complete a DAIV application at any time.
Applicants will be offered DAIV consultation appointments, either face-to-face or by telephone, where advisors will discuss ideas. Following these meetings the funder can support applicants in completing a full application for a DAIV.
The DAIV consultation appointments offer the chance to either to discuss the DAIV Expression of Interest. In this way the applicant can provide further advice about eligibility and help with the full application process.