Platform Design Open Call Application Information

Construction Innovation Hub Platform Design Programme

Open Call Stages

Stage 1: Sandpit + Collaborate (optional) / 8 weeks

The sandpit is a period of 8 weeks at the start of the call intended to encourage applicants to form consortia between themselves in order that they can deliver a component that can be integrated on to the platform.

What?

  • Applicants will complete a company bio detailing business type, offering and opportunities for collaboration. All applications will be published online and publicly available (via secure login).
  • Applicants reach out to one another in order to develop ideas for combined offerings that can be integrated on to the platform. Actively facilitated by the Hub through workshops and webinars.

Why?

  • Provides visibility of the collaboration opportunities/requirements from all applicants which will facilitate Stage 2.
  • Encourage collaboration and innovation between applicants.
Stage 2: Enter Competition (compulsory) / 4 weeks

What?

  • Closed detailed question set to which applicants respond with either their initial offering OR a combined offering generated during stage 1.
  • Detail the resources, time and materials, that an applicant is prepared to commit to the programme.

Why?

  • Provide the Hub judging panel with the information that they require in order to determine which applicants to take forward to for the collaborative design team.

Open Call Rules of Engagement

Who can apply?

To lead a project you must:

  • be a UK-based business of any size or a research and technology organization (RTO)
  • carry out your project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from the UK

In Kind Contribution

You are expected to make a significant time commitment to support the development of the platform over an 18-month programme, and to provide materials to support the manufacture of components for a proof-of-concept building on an in-kind basis. This is the basis on which the Hub can make expertise and resources available to the Platform Design Programme, however we will review individual circumstances where this could present a barrier to entry for innovative small companies and micro enterprises.

Intellectual property: the principles 

  • You will retain your own background IP in your products and technologies. You will be expected to licence this to any collaborators in developing a Platform System for the purposes of exploiting the System.
  • New (foreground) IP developed as part of the Platform Call will belong to those parties who have developed it and licensed as above to other named collaborators for the purposes of exploiting the System.
  • Interface standards and performance characteristics of components and systems will be made publicly available as part of the Platform.

Full details will be provided and your interests will be protected under a collaboration agreement.

Application Process

Applying to be a part of the programme is a two stage process.

Stage 1 is optional and requires applicants to answer an online, summary level question set to determine business type, offering and opportunities for collaboration (both seeking and offering). All applications will be published online and available to view by all applicants. The intention during this stage is to provide visibility of the collaboration opportunities/requirements from all applicants and for applicants to reach out to one another in order to develop ideas for combined offerings that can be integrated on to the platform. This formation of consortia will be actively facilitated by the Hub via workshops held online and at the centres supporting the programme throughout Stage 1.

Stage 2 is compulsory and will commence on the 31 October 2019. There will be an online detailed question set to which applicants are required to respond with either their initial offering OR a combined offering generated during Stage 1. Responses to Stage 2 will provide an independent judging panel, appointed by the Hub with the information that they require in order to determine which applicants to take forward to form the collaborative design team.


Construction Innovation Hub Platform Design

Programme Timeline

CIH Platform Design Programme Timeline


Construction Innovation Hub Platform Design Programme

Phase 1 Timeline