Manufacturing and Materials £15 Million Competition

Funding is available for projects that tackle challenges in manufacturing and materials

Innovate UK will soon be opening the second round of the new £15 million Manufacturing and Materials competition. Businesses in Northern Ireland are invited to apply for a share of this to work on projects that tackle challenges in manufacturing and materials.

Projects 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, surface engineering, 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 (heat and electricity), electronics/sensors or operation in demanding environments.

Materials could include nanomaterials, ceramics, metals and inter-metallics, polymers, composites, coatings, smart materials and joining of dissimilar materials.

Find out more about Innovate UK’s manufacturing and materials programme.

Competition information
The competition:

  • opens on 21 November 2016
  • closes for registration at noon on 18 January 2017

Projects are expected to last between six months and three years and with total costs of between £50,000 and £2 million. They also must:

  • be led by a business
  • involve at least one small and medium-sized business

Projects lasting more than 12 months or with costs of more than £100,000 must involve two or more partners working together. Businesses could attract up to 70 per cent of their total project costs.

An information session will take place at Invest Northern Ireland‘s offices in Belfast on 28 November 2016 to highlight opportunities for local business. Register here to attend.