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€80k Small Business Innovation Research Challenge

Cork County Council together with the Cork Smart Gateway initiative and the Age Friendly Alliance last week launched the €80k Small Business Research and Innovation (SBIR) Challenge with Enterprise Ireland.

Through this challenge call, Cork County Council wishes to explore low cost, innovative and accessible solutions that will help its older citizens to maintain a good quality of life and enable them to remain and feel secure in their homes. Solutions sought should address one or more of the effects of being / feeling isolated and insecure and increase the resilience of older people to respond to the impacts of critical events.

The SBIR challenge is a joint initiative between Cork County Council and Enterprise Ireland and is open for applications from now until 2nd June 2017. Successful applicants will be selected by an open competition process run in two phases. The competition is open to any organisation, university and service providers. Interested parties can apply on E-Tenders until the closing date of the 2nd June, 2017. An information session will be held on the 28th April, 2017 in the Cork County Council 2 – 4pm.

Divisional Manager, Cork County Council and Chair of the Cork Age Friendly County Alliance, James Fogarty says, “This SBIR call complements the work of our Age Friendly County Alliance and reflects the advancement of our Age Friendly County Strategy launched last year which aims to make Cork a great place in which to live and grow old.”

He adds, “One of the challenges highlighted through our work with the Age Friendly County Alliance is the sense of insecurity and isolation that some elderly people can experience; in particular, at times of distress. This SBIR challenge will enable us to provide seed funding to explore innovative solutions that could help to alleviate this.”

Written by Robert McHugh, 18th April 2017. Source: www.businessworld.ie