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COVID Connect NI

Throughout Northern Ireland, local authorities have taken a number of steps to help support individuals, communities and businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

One such initiative is COVID Connect NI, an online platform, designed by Belfast City Council to provide Government, University and Third Sector organisations throughout Northern Ireland with the resources and expertise needed to more effectively respond to the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak, by connecting them with innovative private-sector providers.

To support these efforts, Analytics Engines are offering access to our Grant Manager platform to local authorities that may be processing an unprecedented volume of grant applications as a direct result of the pandemic. The solution is currently being used by InnovateUK to process ongoing funding competitions and to manage applications for their COVID-19 innovation competition.

Grant Manager utilises text analytics to automate the process of grant application checking and assessor matching. The solution also automates the process of checking applications to ensure companies are not making fraudulent submissions.

The solution has had a considerable impact on operations at Innovate UK, including:

  • helping to address issues surrounding duplicate applications
  • reducing the time taken to assign an assessor from 4 days’ to a matter of minutes
  • improving the accuracy of assessor assignment
  • increasing the efficiency and allocation of resources.

Further information regarding the solution can be found here.

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by PJ Kirk

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