i-Con COVID Challenge Fund

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What does this involve?

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and its partners are offering grants of up to £25,000 for businesses to work with academic research partners to develop solutions to challenges faced by the construction and built environment sector resulting from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Public and private sector organisations, trade associations and other businesses within the wider construction sector can present challenges on the i-Con Innovation Challenge platform. Experts can then step forward with potential solutions, and collaborations can be arranged.

The solutions should address well-defined challenges faced by construction companies, asset managers, the supply chain or workforce. These could provide short-term relief during the current crisis, or contribute to improved resilience and recovery in the long term.

Six projects have been funded in Phase 1 of the i-Con Challenge Fund. Details of Phase 2 will be released in due course - check the i-Con Innovation Challenge webpage for updates.

The platform is still live, and can be used to register challenges or solutions and plan collaborations for future rounds of funding.


Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are a public or private organisation working in or supporting the wider construction industry in Scotland. 

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Public and private sector organisations, trade associations, academia and the wider construction sector.

How long does this take?

Once Phase 2 of the fund is open for applications, proposals will be reviewed and evaluated on a three-week rolling basis.

Important information

The i-Con Challenge is a two-stage application process.

Stage 1 proposals should come from a Solution Provider. Solution Providers should feature a lead Scottish academic or industry partner, but can include contributions from partners from outside Scotland.

Stage 2 proposals must come from a Solution Provider in partnership with a Challenge Holder. Challenge Holders can be public or private organisations in the construction sector based in Scotland. They should contribute knowledge, feedback, demonstration and potentially some project funding.

Stage 2 proposals will be by invitation only.

Evaluation criteria will include:

  • time to market
  • potential benefits of the project
  • ability to execute/resource effectively
  • opportunity to further develop, scale and replicate the solution
  • fit with CSIC’s aims, objectives and key themes
  • overall value for public money

Next steps

Visit the i-Con Challenge Fund page for further information and to apply.

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