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Funding News: TSB launches a technology-inspired innovation competition for fast-track and collaborative R&D funding

The TSB has launched a £10m competition to support collaborative R&D projects across key enabling technology areas. They are looking to fund projects that contain a significant and identifiable element of technology innovation and risk Projects must be collaborative and business-led but there may be an opportunity to include high quality academic research for additional […]

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CARS 2020: Action Plan for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry in Europe

The European Commission has launched the CARS 2020 Action Plan, which is aimed at reinforcing the automotive industry’s competitiveness and sustainability With 12 million sector-related jobs, the automotive industry is vital for Europe’s prosperity and job creation. The EU needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the most energy-efficient and safe vehicles globally and […]

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Funding News: Shell launches national search for next big low carbon business idea

Small enterprises looking for a “no strings attached” financial boost to aid the development of innovative, low-carbon business ideas can now apply for an award from Shell Springboard. Now in its eighth year, Shell Springboard offers businesses the chance to win up to £40,000 to help make their commercially viable ideas a reality Nine awards […]

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NAA Skills Update: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills

Dear “Angry of Automotive”. Thank you for your comments regarding the content of my skills articles in the NAA newsletter. I am sorry that you feel that I put too much emphasis on apprenticeships, however I do take exception to your description of my passion for apprenticeships as “verging on an unhealthy obsession”. To prove […]

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NAA Update: NAA Extension, more Funding opportunities, and Awards Dinner

Read Carol’s news about the NAA Extension decision, more funding opportunities, the NAA Awards dinner, and the next meeting at Electron Technical Solutions. It seems months ago since the Annual Awards Dinner at Carden Park, everyone that I spoke to was very complimentary about the event and venue and we already have offers of sponsorship […]

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