£30m funding competition opens for UK manufacturers

The UK Government’s Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has opened entries for its latest funding competition, with a total of £30m in funding available to SME manufacturing businesses undertaking projects to adopt digital technologies and bolster the country’s productivity.

The ISCF will invest up to £30m in projects that focus on the use of industrial digital technologies (IDTs) to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing. The challenge will support innovation and deployment of IDTs across industry sectors via cross-sector collaboration and learning.

The competition will look to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories. Projects should involve a mix of digital technologies, rather than focus on one specific technology.

Projects can be led by any industry sector but must show they are applicable in at least 2 other sectors. Larger projects should include partners from these sectors. Applicable sectors include but are not limited to:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Defence
  • Digital
  • Equipment and instrumentation
  • Food and drink
  • Pharma
  • Oil and gas
  • Space

Projects must be able to achieve rapid technology development and deployment. All projects must be ready to start on or before December 1, 2019, with a defined consortium agreement, agreed industry match funding and a project plan.

The competition opened on July 24, 2019 and will run until Midday on Wednesday August 28, 2019. The full details of the competition can be found here.

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