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New Innovate UK Funding for Manufacturing and Materials – Round 2

Innovate UK is to invest £15m to fund another round of projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges facing manufacturing and/or materials. The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden innovation in manufacturing and materials.  UK businesses of all sizes have the opportunity to apply for a share of £15 million to work on innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. However, the outcomes should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). 

Innovate UK expects projects to range in size from total costs of £50,000 to £2 million. Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years.

Competition scope

All projects must focus on a manufacturing or materials innovation, rather than product innovation. This means the main challenge and risk in a project will be in the manufacturing process or materials development.

 

Innovation to enable competitiveness and growth in manufacturing and materials may come from many avenues. For example:

  • addressing the manufacturing readiness of growing sectors
  • the development of more flexible or efficient processes
  • processes that enable greater customisation of products to fit diverging consumer needs
  • the development of materials for targeted performance specifications
  • the development of materials for ease of manufacture  
  • the diversification of product and service lines to address new market
  • the development of novel services that open up new sources of revenue from manufacturing

 

A project must cover at least one of the following areas:

  • innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model. For example, in process engineering, industrial biotechnology, mechanical conversion processes, coatings, surface engineering, textiles, supply chain management, new product introduction processes or remanufacture
  • innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse. For example, for light-weighting, energy generation and storage (heat and electricity), electronics/sensors or operation in demanding environments

 

Proposals must show how they will enable a step change in competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in a project.

 

Briefing Events / Key dates

 

Competition opens

Monday 21 November 2016

Briefing events for applicants

London: Wednesday 23 November 2016

Live webcast: Wednesday 23 November 2016

Glasgow: Thursday 24 November 2016

Belfast: Monday 28 November 2016

Swansea: Thursday 1 December 2016

Darlington: Wednesday 7 December 2016

Registration deadline

Noon on Wednesday 18 January 2017

Application deadline

Noon on Wednesday 25 January 2017

 

 

To register for applicant briefing events, access to the full competition scoping document and applicant guidelines, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-manufacturing-and-materials-round-2

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