Funding worth £24 million is being made available to establish large-scale manufacturing research hubs in support of environmental sustainability and net zero goals.
Projects should address major, long term challenges facing manufacturing industries, with each hub receiving up to £12 million over seven years from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The UK manufacturing sector is diverse, with activities in aerospace, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive, electronics, biotechnology and food and drink.
The manufacturing research hubs are expected to deliver a programme of innovative research in the engineering and physical sciences, related to the challenges in commercialising early-stage research, manufacturing and environmental sustainability.
They will not be funded in the same area or in an area of research where there is an existing manufacturing hub ending in or after the 2023 – 2024 financial year.
Applications will open on 21st April and close on 7th June 2022.