INNOVATION PROJECTS IN MANUFACTURING
Up to £2M available to stimulate and broaden innovation in manufacturing and materials.
Funding Body Innovate UK
Funding Amount Up to £2M grant
Deadline 12th July 2017
The aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden innovation in manufacturing and materials. Innovate UK will fund a range of projects that address identified technical or commercial challenges.
Projects should increase productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK businesses, especially SMEs.
A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. The categorisation will depend on the type of challenge being addressed.
Innovation is required to grow UK manufacturing productivity, increase material efficiency and sustain our competitiveness in the long term.
For example, this may be achieved by:
developing more flexible and efficient processes
developing processes that enable faster and greater customisation of products to satisfy consumer demands
developing materials for ease of manufacture
addressing the manufacturing readiness of growing sectors
developing materials for targeted performance specifications
diversifying product and service lines to address new markets
developing novel services and/or business models, that open up new sources of revenue from manufacturing
To be eligible you must:
- be a UK-based business or research and technology organisation (RTO) working within the limits provided in the general guidance for applicants.
- carry out your project work, and intend to exploit the results, in the UK
- be an SME if you wish to work alone on a project no longer than 12 months and with costs of less than £100,000
- work in collaboration with others (businesses, research base and/or third sector), if your project has costs over £100,000 and/or is longer than 12 months