Competition >UK-India Tech Partnership (Future Mobility in Maharashtra)

Innovation Challenge Fund 2020 

Future Mobility in Maharashtra 

Concept note deadline: PAUSED INDEFINITELY 

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Pause of the Innovation Challenge Fund


We have decided, with great regret, to pause the bidding process for the UK’s Innovation Challenge Fund in Future Mobility. This has been a painful decision, but ultimately we judge that the upheaval and uncertainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic makes the initiative unviable for now. We also feel it is more responsible to direct resources and attention - your and ours - to more essential priorities.

We have suspended the bidding process indefinitely. As you know, concept notes were due in the coming week. We appreciate that many bidders have already put in a great deal of effort to present their ideas and form bidding consortia and we share your disappointment. Nevertheless, we feel this that is the most pragmatic and responsible course of action under the circumstances.  

In common with so many organisations and businesses in India and around the world, the British High Commission in India is prioritising the response to the COVID-19 pandemic above all else. We are in close contact with the Government of India and working to contribute to the pandemic response and the early recovery phase. This includes considering how we can more directly support the science and innovation response in India. 

We will be in touch when/if we are in a position to re-start the bidding process, or indeed, if other sources of UK funding for tech innovation become available.  

If you would like to be kept informed about updates to the Innovation Challenge Fund or have any questions about the Innovation Challenge Fund, please let us know by completing the following form. We would also be interested to hear from you if you are working on ideas that would contribute to the response to the pandemic.

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