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News - 27 July 2012

City bids for £24m

Brighton & Hove City Council is working towards a November deadline for the submission of a bid for £24m of Future Cities Demonstrator funding which will be awarded to the city or urban area that submits the best proposal for large scale investment showing how multiple systems will be integrated to address challenges.

In the first stage of the competition Brighton & Hove has been awarded one of 20 grants of £50k to draw up a proposal designed to show how new approaches to delivering a good local economy and excellent quality of life will be delivered while reducing environmental footprint and increasing resilience to environmental change.

The £50k grant was awarded after submitting a first stage outline that looked at:

  • the ambition, size and scope of the proposed demonstrator;
  • the potential value of tacking the various problems and opportunities;
  • the systems that will be integrated;
  • the innovation in the proposed approach;
  • the way the proposal leverages other investments in infrastructure.

In the second stage, the Technology Strategy Board, which is funding the project, will be looking for proposals that:

  • show the integration of multiple systems in novel ways;
  • tackle specific challenges in the city;
  • have the potential for a large impact on the economy, quality of life and environment of the city;
  • combine recent or current investment in city infrastructure with the demonstrator funding to create a more effective test environment;
  • provide a platform that allows innovative companies, particularly SMEs, to test their ideas;
  • have the potential for further development and use beyond the initial two years of funding.

After assessment and interviews the winning proposal will be announced in January 2013


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