UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £20m for digital innovation projects that will improve the resource efficiency and energy efficiency of manufacturing processes in factories.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £20 million
Opens: 1st Nov 2021
Closes: 26th Jan 2022
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects. These will be for innovation in digital technologies to reduce environmental impact within manufacturing processes.
The aim of this competition is to develop digital innovations to improve the sustainability of manufacturing processes, resulting in either reduced material or reduced energy consumption.
Your project must apply digital technology development to improve manufacturing processes within a production facility, to deliver more environmentally sustainable production processes.
Your project must focus on developing digital solutions to:
Your project must be an innovative development or novel application of data or an industrial digital technology (IDT). This must result in either reduced material consumption or reduced energy consumption.
Your project must estimate the material or energy savings using the Resource Efficiency and Energy Efficiency (REEE) definitions. Savings must be from the manufacturing process, including any savings from reduction material purchases and associated embodied CO2e reduction.
Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) can include, but are not limited to:
Your project must fit into one of the 2 strands for this competition.
Your project can only apply to either Strand 1 or Strand 2.
You must apply to the strand which most closely fits your project.
Your project must focus on one or more of the themes within the 2 strands for this competition.
You will be asked in your application which theme or themes your project focuses on.
Strand 1 – Digital innovation with manufacturing data:
IDTs within strand 1 can include AI and Machine Learning.
Strand 2 – Digital innovation in manufacturing processes:
Projects can comprise of any other Industrial Digital Technology (IDT) where the activity meets the scope of the call.
This includes, but is not limited to:
Your project must:
Innovate UK encourage projects that cover multiple manufacturing sectors.
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTO’s) cannot lead.
Subcontractors are allowed in this competition.
You can use a previously submitted application to apply for this competition.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
Innovate UK have allocated up to £20 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
For strand 1, the total grant funding for your project must not exceed 50% of your total eligible project costs.
For strand 2, the total grant funding for your project must not exceed 40% of your total eligible project costs.
For both strands these limits are regardless of the individual partners’ grant claims. Individual organisations may need to adjust their grant request, for projects to remain within the overall maximum grant limit against total eligible project costs. Research organisation costs must be taken into account to ensure that the total grant applied for does not exceed these limits.
If the majority of your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of: