ISCF Robots for a safer world

ISFC Overview

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers. The fund is part of the UK government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over 4 years to 2021. It is designed to ensure that research and innovation take centre stage in the government’s Industrial Strategy.

ISCF: Robots for a safer world

“Greater use of robotics and artificial intelligence in our society will help to increase productivity, make us more resilient, and create safer, high-quality work for people. It could transform industries with extreme environments, such as nuclear and offshore energy, deep mining and space. Importantly, these systems could also help to improve how we deliver industrial and public services.” (UKRI)

Granted Insights

The Government is set to invest £93 million to develop new technologies and systems that can be deployed in extreme environments to advanced robotics and create a safer working world.

With advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, there’s an opportunity to make greater use of unmanned systems – and create work for people that is safer, leaner, and improves quality of life. Innovate UK recently released a funding opportunity to enable UK businesses to get a grant either for collaborative innovative projects to improve robotics and AI capabilities or to test and prove their ideas in real-world extreme environments.

By creating these funding opportunities, it should enable the UK to access a growing global market for robotics and AI, which is estimated to be worth between $1.7 and $4.5 trillion by 2025. Projects that have received funding so far include using autonomous submarines to assess ice hazards in the ocean and drones to inspect and maintain offshore wind farms.

Grant Funding Success: Knowledge & Network

There is no substitute for talking to the funders, understanding their drivers and getting a definition of the kind of projects & companies they are looking to award grant funding to. The grant funding landscape is ever-shifting with subtle changes in focus and preferences influenced by macro and micro factors. We will continue to bring insights in an attempt to maximise the chance of securing grant funding for our clients.

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