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Multiple funding & business support opportunities for SMEs
& academics in the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector


The UK has a thriving manufacturing industry, with significant growth in areas such as advanced materials, low carbon technologies, digital process engineering, additive manufacturing, and robotics and autonomous systems. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing engineering with new technologies are set to transform productivity in the next few years, a process referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0.

Our six partner universities possess internationally-recognised centres of research excellence with established track records of collaborative R&D with innovators in the Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing sector.

We therefore invite companies innovating with advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies, researchers (from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) and consortia (comprised of companies & researchers) to apply for support to develop R&D proposals.

We are looking to support the most compelling bids with the best chances of success. We can:

  • help businesses to identify missing research expertise from our partner universities’ ecosystems to form a collaboration on the bid
  • offer a wealth of expertise and experience to craft strong bids for major funding calls – we can review your bid, identify gaps and make suggestions for improvements, essentially acting as a ‘critical friend’
  • fund a professional bid consultant’s time to further strengthen the bid.

If you are considering a bid to any upcoming funding calls now is the time to apply for our support to boost your chances of success.

Supported funding calls:

UK – Israel Eureka Bilateral: Collaborative R&D

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research with Israel.

The UK and Israel are announcing a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets. The competition will fund projects from any technological or market area. Projects must include at least one UK and one Israel based business.

UK applicants can apply for total grant of up to £250,000 for each project. Projects must be collaborative, and last between 3 and 6 months. The earliest start date will be 1 May 2023.

Applications for funding close at 11am on 28 September 2022 so please submit your application for support below.

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APC22: Industrialising net-zero automotive technology

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) provides funding, support and insight for the development of low carbon and net zero automotive technologies. It aims to support the UK’s transition towards net zero product manufacturing and supply chain in the UK automotive sector.

APC is looking for collaborative, pre-production research and development (R&D) projects that: (1) support the UK’s long term capabilities by securing long-term R&D investment; and (2) achieve through the associated supply chain, the design, build and manufacture of net zero carbon emission vehicles.

Projects must advance technologies in one or more of the following areas: (a) batteries, their components, management and integration systems; (b) fuel cell and associated balance of plant; (c) electric machines; (d) power electronics; (e) fossil fuel free (at the point of use) internal combustion; (f) hydrogen storage and management systems; (g) manufacturing processes associated with industrialising relevant net-zero technologies; (h) direct recycling methods resulting in complete recovery of critical materials; (i) digitalisation leveraged during the development, testing, production or in-service phases.

Projects must have total costs between £5 million and £40 million, be a minimum of 50% match-funded, start by 1 March 2023, last between 18 and 42 months, carry out its project work in the UK, and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

Read a competition overview

Applications for funding close at 7 September 2022 11:00am, so please submit your application for support below.

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Application form

If you wish to apply for funding and support for the R&D opportunities shown above complete the form below to join the Scale Up Programme as an associate – which is free and without commitment. Read a guide on how to make a good application

Alternatively, if you are unsure which opportunity is for you still complete the form below and we will get in touch to discuss your proposal and check it’s in scope for the support programme.

Membership of the Scale Up programme is open to any company pending internal review of the expression of interest raised by the company and incurs a one off charge of £150 inc. VAT. Full Membership will be offered to companies who are already part of our network and wish to access the CR&D proposal development support or investment raising support services. Full membership is subject to payment by the member company of a one-off fee and Membership is valid for one year. For the year 2020/21 the Membership Fee is £1,600 inc. VAT or for any eligible company, it can be waived under the Article 3.2(4) exemption of the Subsidy Control chapter of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement ("TCA"), and which requires eligible companies to complete a Statement of Previous Aid declaration.

The Scale-Up Programme is a partnership between: