Future Manufacturing Research Hubs 2018

EPSRC will shortly be launching a call for up to three large-scale, multidisciplinary research Hubs to address major, long-term challenges facing manufacturing industries, and/or capture significant opportunities from emerging research areas. Strong industrial collaboration with a range of partners is a key feature of these Hubs.

Research Council funding available will be up to £10 million per Hub over seven years, supporting a programme of innovative research in the engineering and physical sciences, related to the challenges in commercialising early stage research. The Hubs will feature high quality, multidisciplinary research, strong engagement with relevant manufacturing industries, and will take a leadership role in their national network.

EPSRC supports a current portfolio of eight Future Manufacturing Hubs. Applications will not be accepted in areas of research that demonstrate significant overlap with the current portfolio.

A two-stage assessment process will be used, involving outline applications and full proposals.

It is expected the call will be launched in early November 2017 (please note: the date given at the top of this page is approximate), with Outlines due in January 2018 and Full proposals in May 2018.