Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hub – Smart Factory EoI

Fund Name: Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hub – Smart Factory EoI
Project Length: 4 years
Project Value: Up to £20m
Deadline: 13/01/2021


This competition is for expressions of interest in the smart factory innovation hub management. Successful applicants will be invited to apply to the full stage competition. UKRI reserves the right to not continue to full proposal stage if no acceptable EOI application is received.

Fund Details

Innovate UK are aiming to develop an innovation hub which furthers the goals of the Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge and the national Made Smarter movement. The innovation hub will develop a national network or cluster of existing facilities. These will be accessible by industry to develop, demonstrate and test Smart Factory solutions. Aiding the innovation and deployment of innovative digital systems.

Your expression of interest should explain how you would build and manage the hub to:

  • gain an understanding of industry problems through greater use of digital tools in the manufacturing factory environment
  • develop a set of digital solution use cases which could address these problems
  • give access to existing facilities and capabilities in the UK for the development and testing of novel solutions
  • work for all stakeholders including manufacturing companies and technology providers regardless of size
  • give support for all manufacturing sectors and drive the development of cross sector collaboration
  • supply access to specialist skills, which may include research centres, universities, research and technology organisations, standards agencies, regulatory bodies and other organisations with relevant capabilities and expertise
  • monitor and evaluate its effectiveness
  • deliver a periodical revision of its operation to achieve the required objectives of the hub

Your project must:

  • not exceed the maximum grant request of up to £20 million
  • start by 1 June 2021
  • end on 31 March 2025

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, research organisation, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation, academic institution or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • have experience and insights into the use of digital technologies for smart manufacturing
  • be able to manage a complex network of demonstration, living lab and test bed facilities
  • manage access to relevant capabilities within research organisations, regulatory bodies, and other sources of expertise for smart manufacturing
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