Government set to support 13 cloud computing R&D projects

Thirteen business-led research and development projects (R&D) aimed at addressing business and technology challenges impeding the adoption of cloud computing are to share £5m of government support.

The projects will look to demonstrate how new or improved value chains and networks can be created and will show where value can be increased by offering innovative information, content and services in the cloud. Including investment by the participating companies, the total value of the projects is around £10m.

Ten collaborative projects lasting up to two years — led by Arjuna Technologies, BAE Systems, the BBC, Building Research Establishment, Jaguar Land Rover (two projects), MobiBiz, Smoke and Mirrors Productions, Telefónica UK and Worknet — will share grant awards totalling £4.74m.

Three fast-track projects lasting up to 12 months — led by AIMES Grid Services CIC, Metrarc and ThinkingSafe — will each receive up to £75,000.