Innovate UK is making the funding available for robotics and artificial intelligence technologies in applications such as deep mining, nuclear energy, space and off-shore energy.
This is an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund activity. It aims to develop robotics technologies that can take people out of dangerous work environments and go beyond human limits.
There is up to £6 million available for projects that stimulate the development of robotics and artificial intelligence demonstrators.
This is the first phase of the competition. Projects should focus on technical feasibility studies of individual technologies, systems or subsystems in extreme or challenging environments.
Phase 2 will run in 2018. This will focus on experimental developments of fully-integrated systems that will be tested and demonstrated in realistic, extreme environments. To be considered to lead a project in phase 2 you must apply in phase 1.
Collaborative research and development
You can apply for a share of £10 million for collaborative research and development (R&D) that results in new and novel systems.
Projects should demonstrate a potential step-change in capabilities. Examples include:
The focus is primarily on off-shore energy, nuclear energy, space and deep mining, however, other extreme and challenging environments may also be considered. We are particularly interested in projects that cut across sectors.
The robots and artificial intelligence challenge is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
By developing new technologies and systems that can be deployed in extreme environments, this challenge will create a safer working world for people, as well as supporting advances in industry and public services to make them more productive.
Government will invest £93 million in this challenge area over the next 4 years.
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