EPSRC Digital Manufacturing

Closing Date: 03/02/2022

Funding to support novel research into how digital approaches can be applied to improve manufacturing processes, manufacturing systems, or both.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) Manufacturing the Future theme’s mission is to create and capture the benefits of basic research for UK manufacturing industries.

This call will specifically support the delivery of Manufacturing the Future’s digital manufacturing priority, which seeks to support the novel research needed to enable accurate simulation of products and processes through their lifecycle. This priority will particularly seek to understand:

  • How to model complex materials and systems.
  • The perturbations, transformations or both that they undergo through manufacturing processes.
  • How these insights can be used to:
    • Reduce the need for physical prototypes.
    • Reduce the risk and time to market associated with launching new products.
    • Improve the accuracy of requirements capture and design specification processes.
    • Reduce discard rate and improve product quality control.
    • Enable new product architectures.
    • Reduce certification time and inspection costs.

Applicants must clearly show how the proposed research constitutes manufacturing research, and how it addresses at least one of the following key digital manufacturing research challenges:

  • Interoperability of analogue and digital process or legacy systems to support digitalisation.
  • Design space exploration, design-support systems.
  • Data challenges influencing modelling capability.
  • Data integrity and risk management in manufacturing systems.
  • Data analytics and visualisation.
  • Human-simulation interaction, people in the loop.
  • Real time simulation and optimisation.
  • Tools to support the verification of models, metrology in manufacturing.
  • Virtual testing, to facilitate non-destructive testing or moving testing online.
  • Building security, privacy, risk and trust into the manufacturing process and supply chains.

Not all research that can address one or more of the above points would constitute manufacturing research. Proposals must demonstrably lie within the remit (minimum 50%) of the EPSRC Manufacturing the Future theme by focusing on fundamental engineering and physical sciences research into manufacturing technologies, the manufacturing process or its design and operation.

Projects can run for up to 36 months.

Funding body Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Maximum value Discretionary
Reference ID S23063
Category Science and Technology
Engineering and Physical Sciences

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