Innovate UK: Robotics and Autonomous Systems Call

Shadow Hand Bulb by Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias CC BY-SA 3.0
Shadow Hand Bulb by Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias CC BY-SA 3.0

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are joining forces to fund industrially relevant research on robotics and autonomous systems.

The call is open now and the deadline for applications is 26th October 2016 (but be aware that as with most Innovate UK calls, you need to register a week beforehand, by the 19th October).

Robots that are independent of human control can learn, adapt and take decisions. These could revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. Disruptive technologies related to robotics and autonomous systems include mobile internet, automation of knowledge work, advanced robotics, and automated and autonomous vehicles.

We are particularly interested in projects that address one or more of the following:

  • system and system-of-systems engineering
  • system verification, validation and certification
  • design and manufacturing of robotic systems
  • multi-sensor system integration, data fusion and perception
  • control systems for remotely controlled or unmanned system operation
  • cognitive systems for autonomous system behaviour
  • human–robot interaction
  • robot–robot interaction
  • dependability, longevity and safety
  • actuation and locomotion
  • navigation, task and motion planning
  • software systems, architectures and tools

There are two funding streams:

  • Stream 1 is for projects of up to £100k and must be SME-led thought they can be collaborative with other businesses and research organisations (e.g. universities).
  • Stream 2 is for projects of £100k + and can be led by a larger business or SME. At least one SME must be involved in the consortium and research organisations can also take part.

In both streams the maximum contribution for research participants is 30% of the overall costs. If there is more than one research organisation participating this must be split between them. There are varying levels of contribution depending on the type of project (earlier stage technical feasibility or closer to market experimental development) and the size of business. Research organisations get the standard 80% of FEC as per normal Innovate UK/RCUK rules. Further details are in the competition guidance. There’s also a briefing webinar on 27th July which interested applicants should register to attend (only 20 tickets remaining at the time of posting!).

Northumbria staff: please get in touch if you are interested in applying.

 

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