The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time.
The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years.
It was designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Working together the Government, businesses and academics have identified the biggest core industrial challenges where:
The six challenges that have been selected to receive fund support so far are:
Healthcare and medicines
To develop first-of-a-kind technologies for the manufacture of medicines. The aim is to speed up patient access to new drugs and treatments.
Robotics and artificial intelligence
To improve the productivity of industry and public services, innovations using artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics systems will be developed, that can be deployed in extreme environments. This includes industries such as offshore energy, nuclear energy, space and deep mining. Proposals for research hubs are currently in progress.
Clean and flexible energy
To design, development and manufacture of batteries for the electrification of vehicles to support the business opportunities presented by the low carbon economy and tackle air pollution. A call for a research institute is currently open.
The fund will invest in collaborative research and development projects to develop the next generation of A.I. and control systems need to ensure the UK is at the forefront of the driverless cars revolution.
Manufacturing and materials of the future
The fund will develop new, affordable, light-weight composite materials for aerospace, automotive and other advanced manufacturing sectors.
Satellites and space technology
A satellite test facility will be established. This will support new launch technologies, manufacturing and testing capabilities to construct future satellites and deliver payloads into orbit.
Information about further challenges, future engagement activities and how to access funding for researchers will be published here as they are announced.
Please direct all enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for businesses will be managed by Innovate UK.
For information on opportunities for businesses go to the Innovate UK website.
Read the latest updates on the fund.
|Calls for Batteries Research Institute and research projects open||24/07/2017|
|Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Hub bids invited through to next round||10/07/2017|
|Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund opportunities begin to open||22/06/2017|
|Business Secretary announces Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investments||21/04/2017|
|UK’s research and innovation bodies welcome budget||8/03/2017|
|First Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund engagement begins||16/01/2017|