UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop reliable extreme environment grade electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics and AI systems. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £2 million
Opens: 11th Mar 2019
Closes: 8th May 2019
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to develop electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP) devices, components and/or sub-systems for robotics and AI (RAI) operations. Solutions must be capable of surviving and operating in extreme and challenging environments.
The aim of this competition is to support the development of electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP) components in robotic systems. These must improve robotic operations in extreme environments beyond what is currently possible.
ESP technologies and innovations include, but are not limited to, sensing and actuation, on-board electronics, radio frequency (RF) electronics, power supplies, control systems and task-oriented payloads.
Your solution must take into account the environmental and physical constraints that are typical of extreme environments.
Extreme environments can include, but are not limited to, off-shore and nuclear energy, space and deep mining.
Extreme and hazardous conditions may include extreme and variable temperature and pressure, lack of oxygen, high levels of radiation, reduced visibility and accessibility.
Your proposal must:
Your project must demonstrate:
Your project can focus on one or more of these themes, or on another appropriate area:
For feasibility studies:
For collaborative R&D (industrial research and/or experimental development):
For collaborative projects the lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
You must carry out your project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.
For feasibility studies and industrial research activities, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development activities which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.
Any subcontracting costs must not exceed 20% of total project costs.
Projects will not be funded, that: