Made Smarter Innovation: IUK Launches Manufacturing Sustainability Accelerator

UK research organisations can apply for up funding to deliver an artificial intelligence focused manufacturing sustainability accelerator.

The Made Smarter Innovation challenge supports the transformation of UK manufacturing by pioneering the development and integration of new and existing industrial digital technologies, including artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

The challenge aims to deliver a resilient, flexible, more productive and environmentally sustainable UK manufacturing sector. It will also develop new technologies that can be exploited commercially across the manufacturing industry worldwide.

The aim of this competition is to identify the delivery partner organisations for the Made Smarter Innovation challenge: sustainability in manufacturing accelerator. Proposals must evidence why an organisation or organisations are best placed to recruit Industrial Challenge Owners, technology sponsors and start-up or scale-up participants.

Up to £2 million has been allocated to fund one accelerator project in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant. The organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 100% of the total eligible project costs.

This competition is open to single applicants or collaborations. To lead a project an organisation must be a UK registered research organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO). Applications must involve at least one Catapult Network organisation. To collaborate with the lead, an organisation must be a UK registered academic institution, charity, not for profit, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO).

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 23 November 2022.

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)