Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to technology and research-focussed businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries.
These could include delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support for people at home in circumstances like those during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Innovations could include:
- New technology allowing retailers to respond better to sudden spikes of consumer demand and improve deliveries across the UK.
- New services for families to connect with and remotely monitor their elderly or vulnerable relatives, giving people peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the services they require such as food deliveries, doctor’s appointments and paying bills.
- Creating education tools that seamlessly integrate the classroom with the kitchen table, allowing teachers to remotely set dynamic tasks, support vulnerable children and make certain no child is left behind.
Science Minister Amanda Solloway, commented, “The response of researchers and businesses to the coronavirus outbreak have been remarkable. This new investment will support the development of technologies that can help industries, communities and individuals adapt to new ways of working when situations like this, and other incidents, arise.”