Funding Competition: electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics and AI

Grants of between £25K and £250 K (for collaborative R&D projects) are available via the UK Innovation Funding Service / Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The competition opens on the 11th march and closes on the 8th May.

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation and is investing up to £2 million to develop electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP) devices, components and/or sub-systems for robotics and AI (RAI) operations. Solutions must be capable of surviving and operating in extreme and challenging environments.

This competition is focused on ESP as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) RAI for Extreme and Challenging Environments Challenge.

The aim is to encourage R&D investment in ESP enabled robotics capabilities made in the UK.

Your proposal must demonstrate a thorough understanding of whole system design requirements for RAI in extreme environments. It must:

  • include mission-specific performance and regulatory targets
  • show an understanding of the challenge in RAI systems in extreme environments, including the market specifically addressed in your proposal

Feasibility studies projects’ total eligible costs must be between £25,000 and £100,000. Collaborative R&D projects’ total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £250,000.

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