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Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, has announced a new competition for grant funding, with a budget of up to £4.5 million, for research and development in industrial research projects that will stimulate innovation in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing.
Projects must have a significant innovation step in both additive manufacturing and connected digital manufacturing. The additive manufacturing aspect of your project should focus on one or more of these topics:
Your project proposal must also show that you are including one or more of the following connected digital manufacturing capabilities:
The majority of your project costs should be devoted to additive manufacturing. Innovate UK recommends you use Manufacturing Readiness Levels to set up your project plan, and expects the start point to be MRL 3 or higher.
In this funding call Innovate UK encourages innovation projects that are inspired by, and respond to, genuine insight into customers’ needs, motivations and behaviours. You could engage with customers, suppliers, professional designers and other stakeholders as part of the project.
The proportion of your project that can be funded by Innovate UK depends on the type of project, and on the size of the company making the application. Full details and application procedures are at the Innovate UK website.
Companies wishing to apply for this funding competition must register with Innovate UK by noon on 20th July 2016, and apply by noon on 27th July 2016. Many companies choose to work with a specialist consultancy for their grant applications, and this may be particularly important for this competition as Innovate UK’s application processes and evaluation criteria have recently changed. If your company would like to work with Myriad Associates for your application for this grant, please contact us as soon as possible, as we would need to have an agreement in place with your company by no later than 27th June 2016.
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