Up to £30 million is available for projects to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing. Projects must have the potential for rapid impact.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £30 million
Opens: 24th Jul 2019
Closes: 28th Aug 2019
The Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will invest up to £30 million in projects that focus on the use of industrial digital technologies (IDTs) to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing. The challenge will support innovation and deployment of IDTs across industry sectors via cross-sector collaboration and learning.
Projects must be able to achieve rapid technology development and deployment.
Projects can be led by any industry sector but must show they are applicable in at least 2 other sectors. Larger projects should include partners from these sectors.
Applicable sectors include but are not limited to:
You should outline:
To be in scope, your project needs to fit within one of the 4 innovation themes outlined under specific themes.
Projects must focus on at least one of the 4 innovation themes. Please choose the most applicable theme.
1. Smart connected factory, including:
2. Connected and versatile supply chain, including:
3. Design, make, test, including:
4. Adaptable, flexible manufacturing operations and skills, including:
Projects must be collaborative and involve an SME.
To lead a project your organisation must:
To collaborate with the lead organisation you must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
There has been up to £30 million allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £250,000 and £10 million.
Total funding available to each project must not exceed 40% of the total eligible project costs. This is regardless of the individual partners’ grant claims.
Of the 40% you can get funding for feasibility and industrial research projects up to:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
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 is shared between them.
You must start your project on or before 1 December 2019, with a defined consortium agreement, agreed industry match funding and a project plan.
Your project must end by 31 October 2021.
It can last between 6 months and 2 years.
Innovate UK are not funding projects: