UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards an industrial research project in digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: £1 million - £3 million project costs
Opens: 6th Jul 2020
Closes: 7th Oct 2020
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest in 2 competitions to drive digital innovation in UK manufacturing supply chains. The funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).
Your project must help UK manufacturing supply chains to develop digital technologies to become more efficient, productive, flexible, resilient. These must encourage the use of digital approaches to better integrate and optimise the performance of supply chains.
Your project must develop a supply chain integration or optimisation idea and carry out a project to test the concepts. It must focus on a digital application.
Your project must investigate one or more problems that your specific supply chain is experiencing and develop ideas for digital technology solutions to address these problems. For example:
Your project must carry out activity that develops and tests innovative digital solutions in UK manufacturing supply chains, focussing either on supply chain design or supply chain execution, comprising any one of the following:
Your project must be across a supply chain, not just focused within one organisation or within one supplier.
Planned outputs must be:
In addition, where possible provide open access to the set-up of the project as a demonstrator of the digital solution.
Your project application must describe how it will help the ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge programme achieve the following objectives:
Project topics can include, but not be limited to, the following:
Supply chain design:
Supply chain execution:
This competition is not funding projects that:
To lead a project your organisation must:
Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead or work alone.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Your project must:
If your project’s total eligible costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. Innovate UK will decide whether to approve your request.
In this competition the total grant funding your project applies for, which is referred to as ‘funding sought’ in the application, must be no more than 50% of the total eligible project costs. Funding claims from RTO’s and academic partners count towards this 50% limit. Cumulative funding to all parties cannot exceed this limit.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
Of that 50%, you can get funding for eligible project costs of up to:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs.
Of that 30%, RTOs can claim up to 100% of their costs, and academic institutions can claim up to 80% of their full economic cost (FEC).
If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.
Funding claims from RTO’s and academic partners count towards this 50% limit. Cumulative funding to all parties cannot exceed this limit.