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5G Create - Highlights for potential applicants

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 12 Mar 2020
  • Last modified 13 Mar 2020
New blog from Jeffrey Darko, Strategy and Engagement Support Officer, DCMS

5G Create is the next competition of the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme and it’s a bit different. It sounds a bit like some of our previous competitions, with up to £30 million available to fund projects that explore 5G use cases and business models from all UK regions, along with ambition to explore how 5G can impact areas where the UK has a competitive advantage. But there are differences too.

So what exactly makes 5G Create different? Rather than leave you to play ‘spot the difference’ we thought we’d highlight four key differences for you!

DCMS 5G Create

Open Call

5G Create is an Open Call competition for the exploration of the potential for 5G to support a wide range of sectors. Yes, we’re particularly interested in Creative Industries but the competition is open to all sectors and industries, unlike our previous competitions, Industrial 5G and Rural Connected Communities, where we had a more specific, single sector focus.

Differing Timelines

For the competition, there will be two timelines on offer. One will be an 8 week timeline, with the application deadline 8 weeks earlier than the 16 week timeline, giving the opportunity for projects to be more flexible in terms of when they start and also how long their projects will have to complete (all projects will need to finish by March 2022) .

Range of funding

Projects can apply for project funding starting from £250,000 and up to £5 million. This wide range of funding possibilities enables both small and large businesses to take part in the competition. Yes, we’re really interested in projects of all shapes and sizes.

Funding Support

Finally, we have introduced ‘De Minimis’ (more on this is on page 20 of the following link), which means ‘about minimal things’. This is a concept where smaller projects will be able to receive up to 100% funding (€200,000 over a 3 year fiscal period) from the Programme to help smaller organisations and projects get involved.

As you can see, we’ve decided to make this competition a bit different, thanks in no small part to the excellent feedback we’ve had from the 5G ecosystem.

Don’t forget that more detail on the competition is already published here, there are details on briefing events here. If you still have unanswered questions please email us on 5genquiries@culture.gov.uk. Good luck with your application!


Here is a link to our top 10 tips for applications.

Plus here are links to 5G Create and Event registration

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