Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £15 million for businesses and researchers to collaborate on robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) systems that support safer work for people.
The aim is to develop technologies and systems that take people out of the inspection, maintenance and repair of infrastructure in extreme environments and make unmanned operations the standard approach.
This competition is being run in 2 stages:
- Individuals will be invited to apply on behalf of their business to attend a 5-day residential innovation lab in September 2018. The innovation lab will allow delegates to work in teams to generate innovative and commercially-viable ideas.
- Teams that attend the innovation lab will have the opportunity to apply for a share of up to £15 million grant funding for the project, businesses will have 3 weeks to work with their partners to further develop, finalise and submit their proposals.
The deadline for applications is 11 July 2018 and successful applicants will need to be available from 10 September to 14 September 2018 to attend the innovation lab. Residential and subsistence costs will be covered by Innovate UK.
For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.