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£2million Competition - Innovation in Manufacturing Competences

At last! One for the micro and SME organisation!

£2million Competition 

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2m in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation by small and micro businesses in a broad range of manufacturing competences. By ‘competences’ they mean the methods, equipment and expertise that can be developed as a leading capability in one market sector or application and have real potential to be applied successfully across other sectors or applications as well.

They are seeking projects across the whole manufacturing lifecycle, from design and engineering through to process development, manufacture, service delivery and re-manufacture/re-use, including innovation in supply/distribution chains, risk management and business models. In line with their updated High value manufacturing strategy, this competition encourages small companies to innovate in a number of ‘competence areas’ which they believe have the potential to bring strong growth to UK manufacturing businesses.

Eligibility criteria

  • The competition is open to small and micro companies only (no more than 50 employees), working either alone or in collaboration with one partner.
  • Projects can last up to four months and are eligible for grants of up to £25,000.
  • Total project costs must not exceed £33,000.
  • The single company or partners must spend most of the money in house.

Key dates

This is a single-stage competition.

It opens on 24 September 2012 and the deadline for receipt of applications is at noon on 7 November 2012.

Successful applicants should plan to start the project by 4 March 2013.

A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 3 October 2012.

An event for successful applicants will be held shortly after project completion (July 2013) for dissemination of results, to encourage collaboration and to help bring projects to market.

Open date: 24 September 2012

Registration close date: 31 October 2012

Close date: 07 November 2012


Downlod the competition brief and register for the event on the TSB website


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