The Made Smarter Innovation Programme has launched a new funding call for digital innovation projects. UK registered organisations can apply for a share of £20m if they have an idea to improve the resource efficiency and energy efficiency of manufacturing processes.

This competition has 2 strands:

  • Strand 1 – Digital innovation with manufacturing data
  • Strand 2 – Digital innovation in manufacturing processes

The competition aims to develop digital innovations to improve the sustainability of manufacturing processes. Therefore, all projects must focus on developing digital solutions to:

  • Reduce the amount of waste or other in-process material losses through the manufacturing steps
  • Reduce the energy consumed by a manufacturing process
  • Better sequence or schedule the manufacturing operations to reduce material or energy consumption
  • Better separate waste materials to facilitate material reuse

Projects must also fit into one of the competition’s two strands, which you can read more about here.


Firstly, the lead applicant must be a UK-registered business. In addition, they must work in collaboration with other UK-registered organisations and ensure that at least one SME is involved in the project.

All projects must:

  • Cost between £1m and £8m
  • Not exceed the maximum grant limits (50% for strand 1 and 40% for strand 2)
  • Start before 1st September 2022
  • Last between 12 and 24 months
  • Include both manufacturing and digital technology capabilities in your consortium
  • Apply to at least one manufacturing sector
  • Involve a single factory or multiple factories
  • Carry out all project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
More information

The latest Made Smarter Innovation competition will open from 1st November 2021 until 26th January 2022. For more information, please visit the competition page or register to attend the briefing event on 9th November. If you are looking for bid writing support, please contact us to arrange a free consultation.