UK based research and technology organisations can apply for up to £72 million. This is to establish a national core innovation hub (CIH) to transform the construction sector.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Up to £72m
Opens: 26th Mar 2018
Closes: 23rd May 2018
Innovate UK will invest up to £72 million to establish a core innovation hub (CIH) to transform the UK construction sector.
The CIH is to support collaboration across the digital, manufacturing and construction sectors to develop and commercialise digital and manufacturing technologies for the construction sector. CIH are encouraging these sectors to collaborate to:
It will lead a programme to develop standards, tools, designs and regulation methods. These will support a sustainable marketplace for digitally driven manufacturing in construction.
Innovate UK expect to fund a consortium of existing facilities as a single core innovation hub.
The hub will support collaboration between industry and academics. Together they should work on an approach for digital and manufacturing technology that is performance based. The focus should be to:
The hub should transform the construction sector by:
To be eligible for funding you must:
If you are an academic you cannot lead a project but you can partner with an RTO.
Innovate UK have allocated up to £72 million across the 4 year life of the project.
Innovate UK expect to fund a consortium of existing facilities. You should demonstrate that you have a commitment from the private sector after the project is completed to at least match the investment through usage of the facilities within the first 5 years.
Funding will be phased and dependent on you achieving the milestone objectives for the previous funding phase. The milestone objectives are set and agreed with you by the ISCF Transforming Construction Challenge Management Board at award stage.
Funding is planned to be allocated in 4 phases:
Total project costs can be up to £72 million.
Projects should start on 1 August 2018 and last for 4 years. Application must show that the project is compliant with relevant state aid regulations.
Innovate UK envisage state aid will fall across 2 categories:
You must provide a forecast of the expected costs recouped from usage of the facility and its services after completion of the project. This will help demonstrate you are able to match the funding you have requested.
Business partners can be included in your consortium but will not be able to claim grant funding.