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Connected Everything Feasibility Studies Call 2

Working in partnership with the HVM Catapult, Connected Everything is looking to fund a second round of feasibility studies. Projects can be between 6 and 18 months in length, and should complete before the end of June 2019. We are looking to fund up to five projects of up to a maximum of £60,000 (80%FEC) per project.

Connected Everything has defined a set of key thematic areas, which can be used to guide the development of project proposals:

  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Data analytics and decision making
  • The future industrial worker
  • Service design and customisation
  • Design for future manufacturing
  • Systems analysis and control

As they are partners in this funding call, submissions that focus on key priority areas identified by the HVM Catapult will also be considered.

EPSRC Digital Manufacturing Potential

The Manufacturing the Future and Digital Economy themes would like to highlight the opportunity for researchers to explore the potential of Digital Manufacturing. The aim of this highlight notice is to provide funding through the Manufacturing the future investigator-led route to explore the research challenges facing the Digital Manufacturing community.

The purpose of the call is to develop novel digital tools that aim to integrate advanced ICT techniques into manufacturing environments, in order to foster a long-term transformation within UK manufacturing.

EPSRC expect to see larger scale research programmes submitted via this highlight, compared to those usually submitted under our standard mode route. Proposals should be between £1.5 million – £2 million (Research Council contribution) and 3- 4 years in duration. Projects less than £1.5 million and of shorter duration should seek funding via a standard grant application (PDF).

The deadline for full proposals is 10 October 2017 and funding decisions are expected to be made in March 2018 with projects expected to start in July 2018.

Regional Innovation Ecosystem Survey – Now Launched!

Currently we are conducting a study into the unique innovation ecosystem that exists along the South Coast region and are looking to talk to local manufacturing businesses to understand their digital requirements. If you can spare 5 minutes to complete our survey we would be most grateful. Alternatively we are happy to chat with you in person, or even visit your premises if that would be more convenient.

Once we better understand the manufacturing landscape here along the South Coast we will be able to better tailor our services to meet local business needs. The aim is to build on theses existing services as the Hub continues to grow and we hope to attract additional inward investment over the next 3 years in order to be able to create a Hub that offers longevity and can truly encourage innovation and value from real-time data.

If you think you can help us achieve this, then please contact us.

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

REGIONAL

Solent Growth Fund

The Solent Growth Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is a competitive funding programme tailored to support the Solent SME base to grow quickly (high-growth) through delivering new processes / products / services, and / or developing new markets. In addition, the Fund is also available to support businesses experiencing challenging trading conditions. The Fund forms part of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) approach to providing the resources and economic environment, which make it easier for businesses and individuals to be productive.

 

EPSRC Network Plus funding – NOW CLOSED. We anticipate another call in due course

Through our involvement in a brand new ESPRC Network Plus project we are excited to be able to offer some funding to SMEs interested in Industry 4.0 who have a challenge they need to explore. This could be linked to any part of the wider manufacturing supply chain so could be linked to resource management, production processes, machine maintenance, packaging and logistics.

More details of this competition will be available in December 2016.

NATIONAL

Innovate UK

Innovate UK funding competitions cover the following industry sectors:

  • emerging and enabling technologies
  • infrastructure systems
  • health and life sciences
  • manufacturing and materials

They also have an open programme that is not sector based.

Current live calls:

  1. Innovative uses of data for defence staff: apply for funding
  2. Funding competition: innovation in health and life sciences round 2
  3. Emerging & Enabling Technologies

EPSRC Network Plus funding – NOW CLOSED. We anticipate another call in due course

Through our involvement in a brand new ESPRC Network Plus project we are excited to be able to offer some funding to SMEs interested in Industry 4.0 who have a challenge they need to explore. This could be linked to any part of the wider manufacturing supply chain so could be linked to resource management, production processes, machine maintenance, packaging and logistics.

 

EUROPEAN

BEinCPPS Call 2 – NOW CLOSED. PHASE 3 to be announced in due course

BeinCPPS Call-2 targets the development of equipment assessment experiments by Manufacturing SMEs. The objective is to carry out innovative experiments in CPPS-based manufacturing facilities provided by the applicants themselves and based on HW/SW components of the BEinCPPS reference architecture. The open call aims at addressing different industrial sectors or business cases with respect to the 5 BEinCPPS Industrial Champions. The presence in the consortium of a Manufacturing SME providing the experimentation facilities is mandatory.

If you are interested in working in one of the following areas, then we would be happy to work with you to submit an application for this call. The closing date is December 15th 2016.

  1. CPS-based Product Lifecycle and End-of-Life Management
  2. CPS-based Factory Logistics Management
  3. CPS Predictive maintenance
  4. CPS Modelling and simulation

Factories of the Future 2017 – NOW CLOSED.

This EU programme of funding is designed to boost the competitive of EU companies involved in the manufacturing process. It is a competitive programme and we are seeking interested parties who think they can respond to the following calls:

If you would be willing to join our consortium for any of these funding opportunities and are a large company or an SME who is prepared to get involved at either R&D or shop floor level, then please get in touch
ann.swift@port.ac.uk