Competition Briefing: Manufacturing and Materials – Round 2
UK businesses have a new opportunity to apply for a share of £15 million to work on innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials.
Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. Funding to be provided for projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These 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.
The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden innovation in manufacturing and materials. A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. This will depend on the challenge identified.
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 markets
- 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
You must show how your proposal will enable a step change in competitiveness and productivity for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
Your project must focus on a manufacturing or materials innovation, rather than a product innovation. This means the main challenge and risk in the project will be in the manufacturing process or materials development.
For 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
If you want guidance on the scope of this competition, contact Innovate UK’s Customer Support Service: firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition opens Monday 21 November 2016
Registration deadline Noon on Wednesday 18 January 2017
Application deadline Noon on Wednesday 25 January 2017
• Welcome and introduction to the event
• Scope and eligibility
• Q&A on scope and eligibility
• Application questions and process
• Q&A on application process
• Presentations from Industry (Pitches)
12.15: • Lunch + Networking
13:30: • Consortium Building & optional tour of the state of the art facility