IUK Announces Manufacturing Made Smarter: Digital Supply Chain Competitions
The aim of the Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge is to encourage the use of digital technologies to enable more efficient, productive, flexible, resilient and sustainable UK manufacturing supply chains.
Innovate UK (IUK) is supporting projects that seek to integrate and optimise these supply chains, through a portfolio approach, to achieve a balance between regional locations, industrial sectors, digital technologies, project types and company sizes.
IUK has allocated funding across two strands to support innovation projects:
- Feasibility studies – for projects that are not yet ready or could be enhanced with up-front concept testing.
- Industrial Research – for ideas that are at the industrial research stage now.
For feasibility studies, a project’s total eligible costs must be between £250,000 and £500,000. For industrial research projects, a project’s total eligible costs must be between £1 million and £3 million.
Projects must investigate one or more problems that the applicant’s specific supply chain is experiencing and develop ideas for digital technology solutions to address these problems. For example, real-time tracking of products throughout the supply chain or improved track and trace capabilities.
The competitions are open to collaborations only. UK registered businesses of any size must lead a project. They should collaborate with other UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTOs). The application must involve at least one SME. Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead or work alone.
Both competition strands open on 6 July 2020. The deadline for applications will be 7 October 2020 (12:00 BST).