Updated Jul 17, 2019CLOSED

Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Grand Challenge 2019: phase 1

We will invest up to £2 million (RM 11 million) for innovative projects that provide collaborative solutions to the challenges of urban mobility and waste to wealth in Malaysia.
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CLOSEDOct 16, 2019Deadline
Up to £32,347Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented In:
Focus AreasCommunity Transport Models (Transport & Supply Chains)
Urbanization (Housing and Infrastructure)
Waste Management (Environment)
We are looking for innovative products, processes and services that are at the stage where a pilot has already been developed in an industrial research setting.

This competition is providing a platform for UK and Malaysian businesses to collaborate on finding solutions to complex societal challenges that exist in Malaysia. They must focus on one of 2 challenges:

Waste to wealth.

Phase 1 should result in:

a clear plan for how the UK and Malaysian innovations could work together to provide a solution for the challenges outlined in this brief
a plan for how innovations from the UK and Malaysia will be demonstrated together
an understanding of the end user and the consumer needs in Malaysia
a results framework for the project on how it will positively affect the social and economic welfare of the Malaysian population, including how it will contribute to poverty reduction in a way which can reduce inequality between different genders within Malaysia
a clear idea of what a demonstration would look like for your project
definitions of the roles of both the UK and Malaysian partners during the demonstration phase
a the route to commercialisation and identification of any market barriers

Projects must contain at least one business from Malaysia and at least one business from the UK.
Because projects are bilateral, they must demonstrate equivalence in effort from the Malaysian and UK partners. Your project must have one common work plan with both the Malaysian and UK partners having main roles and responsibilities, equating to the equivalent time and costs accrued in both countries.

UK lead organisation

To lead the project in the UK your organisation must be a UK based business of any size and must comply with Official Development Assistance requirements throughout the lifetime of the project.

Malaysian lead organisation

To lead the project in Malaysia your organisation must be a Malaysia based business of any size that is registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of Funds
We are not funding:

under the waste to wealth challenge, projects that do not focus on the municipal solid waste stream
under the waste to wealth challenge, projects that only focus on waste reduction
projects that do not meet Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligibility requirements.
projects that have negative environmental and social impacts.
projects that increase inequality between persons of different gender in Malaysia
projects that do not have an innovation at a live demonstration ready stage
projects that do not address one of the challenges outlined in this brief

Application Directions

Register and apply online
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