Robotics for a more resilient future

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of £6 million for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. There are two strands running at the same time: feasibility studies and R&D.

The challenge aims to:

  • develop robotic solutions to make UK industries more resilient to future disruptions
  • increase productivity
  • open up new cross-disciplinary opportunities

Innovate UK is looking for robotic solutions that exploit business opportunities in areas such as healthcare, logistics, agriculture, construction, and robotics that can contribute towards the UK’s net-zero greenhouse gas commitment. More specifically, proposals must:

  • Clearly identify the operational needs and the market segments and sizes that the proposed Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) technology or system will be addressing
  • Identify the precise operational scenario or scenarios that the RAI system is expected to operate if successful
  • Quantify the system’s performance objectives and targets
  • Be based around a service robotics sector
  • Articulate what is innovative about the proposed project
  • R&D project proposals must explain the technological maturity at the start and end of the project
  • Clearly identify how proposed solutions will improve productivity or improve the resilience of the UK’s workforce to future disruptions to economic activity, supply chains and productivity
  • Demonstrate what market needs are being addressed
  • Clearly demonstrate understanding of the market and provide a commercialisation plan for the solution developed

Feasibility studies must:

  • Have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £100,000
  • Start on or after the 1st April 2021 and then end by 31st March 2022
  • Last between 3 and 12 months

In addition, single applicants for feasibility studies must be a UK-registered SME.

R&D Projects must:

  • Have total eligible costs between £75,000 and £500,000
  • Start on or after 1st April 2021 and then end by 31st March 2022
  • Last between 6 and 12 months

To lead a R&D project, your organisation must be a UK-registered business and work in collaboration. If you are a large business, it is essential that you also involve an SME.

This competition closes on 20th November 2020. If you’re applying to the R&D strand and require a collaborative partner, read more about our partner search service here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us with any further enquiries.

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