Up to £2.5m available for UK-Canada collaboration for High Value Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence

Innovate UK  is planning to invest up to £2.5m in business led collaboration between UK and Canadian partners to develop and de-risk pre-commercial technologies or commercially viable products and services across High Value Manufacturing (HVM).

The relevant technologies will incorporate the development and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) in addressing a performance limiting industrial problem.  Applied AI/ML include AI for Design, AI and Supply Chain / IoT and applying AI and Vision for inspection.

This amount will be matched by Canadian partners the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and Industrial Research Assistance Programme (IRAP). The pre-commercial technologies element of this fund will be focused on artificial intelligence supported design of HVM technologies, processes, products and services. In order to form collaborative partnerships, Innovate UK intends to provide funding to take selected UK organisations on a mission to the Toronto area in early 2019.

Funding will be available for business-led Collaborative R&D (CR&D) projects, allowing UK and Canadian partners to develop innovative ideas to be exploited in large global markets.

Any business who meets the following criteria can apply.

1) Large enterprises (MNEs) or small enterprises (SMEs) looking to innovate across High Value Manufacturing. SMEs are particularly encouraged to participate from this category as well as MNEs bringing SME participants from their supply chain.

2) Organisations involved in the development and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) in addressing a performance limiting industrial problemApplied AI/ML may include AI for Design, AI and Supply Chain / IoT and applying AI and Vision for inspection.

3) Solution providers for High Value Manufacturing innovations, for example, providers of robotics & automation, sensors, AR/VR, cyber security, additive manufacturing, process monitoring & optimisation solutions, internet of things, predictive maintenance.