UK businesses that were successful in Phase 1 of this competition can apply for further grant funding to build, test and demonstrate robotics and AI systems in extreme and challenging environments.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £6 million
Opens: 16th Jul 2018
Closes: 26th Aug 2018
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £6 million of funding. This is to support the development of robotics and AI (RAI) systems in extreme environments by demonstrating robotic system capabilities and their operational benefits through rigorous testing in test facilities and/or realistic extreme environments.
This is the second phase of the ‘Demonstrator for RAI in extreme and challenging environments’ programme.
This competition is for projects that will carry out industrial research and experimental development of integrated robotic systems – systems complete with payloads that are capable of demonstrating a useful function or service.
Your proposal must identify:
Some phase 1 feasibility studies currently funded are not due to be completed by January 2019. In this case, your proposal for phase 2 must outline how any remaining phase 1 work will differ from the overlapping phase 2 project work during grant funding.
To be eligible for funding, you must:
All UK based businesses and academic organisations can collaborate on projects, whether involved in phase 1 projects or not.
Projects can last between 12 and 24 months starting between January 2019 and March 2019, and ending before March 2021.
Total project costs should be between £500,000 and £1 million.
For industrial research, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of: