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Advanced Machinery Innovation Fund

Fund Name

Advanced Machinery Innovation Fund

Project Length

3-18 months

Project Value




This competition aims to encourage the development of new manufacturing technology within advanced machinery, robotics, automation, or associated industries.

Your project must focus on delivering advancements in machinery for manufacturing and demonstrate innovation at an industrially relevant scale.

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Fund details

Your project must aim to:

  • develop new technology for use in current or future products or manufacturing
  • develop and disseminate best practices in technologies or processes to support industry
  • demonstrate improvement in business productivity and competitiveness
  • show clear benefit technically
  • show clear benefits in creating or safeguarding jobs
  • enhance capabilities within the broader advanced machinery industry
  • demonstrate clear market opportunity, an innovative project, and a credible route to market

Specific themes

Target machinery industries include:

  • machine tool manufacturers
  • robotics manufacturers
  • other machine manufacturers
  • machine control system manufacturers
  • providers of digitalisation systems for manufacturing, including sensing and control
  • machinery subsystems manufacturers
  • automation system manufacturers

Target technologies for machinery include:

  • machine tool, robotic, and automation systems
  • advanced controllers and PLCs
  • in-situ and in-process measurement systems
  • intelligent software systems
  • on-machine sensor networks
  • true digital twins of machinery
  • hybrid and reconfigurable systems
  • sustainable machine development


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK-registered business of any size with significant technical operations based within the Greater Manchester or West Yorkshire regions
  • carry out your project work within the defined regions
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • involve at least one university, academic institution or research and technology organisation (RTO) based in the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire regions

Universities, academic institutions and RTOs cannot lead or work alone.

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