Manufacturing and materials competition - Innovate UK
The competition scopeThe aim of this competition is to stimulate and broaden innovation in manufacturing and materials. Innovate UK will fund a range of projects that address technical or commercial challenges in this scope. These aim to lead to increased business productivity, competitiveness and growth, especially for SMEs. A project may focus on technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development. The type of innovation project will depend on the nature of the challenge facing your business.
Innovation is needed to increase UK manufacturing productivity, material efficiency and competitiveness into the long term. This may come from many avenues, for example:
- taking an innovative step in addressing the manufacturing readiness of growing sectors
- the development of more flexible or efficient processes
- greater customisation of products to fit diverging consumer needs
- diversification of product and service lines to serve new markets
- the development of novel services that open up new sources of revenue from manufacturing
To be in scope, a project must cover one of the following areas:
- innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model. For example, in process engineering, industrial biotechnology, mechanical conversion processes, coatings, textiles, supply chain management, new product introduction processes or remanufacture
- innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse. For example, for light-weighting, energy generation and storage (such as heat and electricity), electronics/sensors or for operation in demanding environments. For the purposes of this competition, materials include, but are not limited to, nano-materials, ceramics, metals and inter-metallics, polymers, composites, coatings, smart materials and joining of dissimilar materials
You must show how your proposal will enable a step change in productivity and competitiveness for at least one UK SME involved in the project.
The focus of your project must be on manufacturing or materials developments that have cross-sector applicability.
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Date: May 12, 2016