Manufacturing Made Smarter: Meet Your Partner

13 August 2020

We joined together businesses and academic institutions to attempt to foster collaborations for the Manufacturing Made Smarter funding call. We were lucky enough to have Chris Needham, author of the call, provide a detailed overview and answer specific questions; as well as Iain McKechnie from Advanced Services Group, who successfully received the funding in the past, give us a unique insight into what makes a successful application.

You can access Chris’s presentation below, with further information on the call.



Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest in 2 competitions to drive digital innovation in UK manufacturing supply chains. The funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

The aim of this competition is to encourage the use of digital technologies to enable more efficient, productive, flexible, resilient and sustainable UK manufacturing supply chains. Projects should seek to integrate and optimise these supply chains.


– Your project must develop a supply chain integration or optimisation idea and carry out a project to test the concepts. It must focus on a digital application.

– Your project must investigate one or more problems that your specific supply chain is experiencing and develop ideas for digital technology solutions to address these problems.

– Your project must carry out activity that develops and tests innovative digital solutions in UK manufacturing supply chains, focussing either on supply chain design or supply chain execution, comprising any one of the following:


– Increased understanding of the problems faced by the specific supply chain

– Tested proposal for digital solutions to address these problems

– Case study outlining the proposed digital solution, the results of the project, and qualitative and quantitative evidence of benefits identified


You must be UK Registered businesses of any size; collaborate with other UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, public sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTO); involve at least one SME; carry out your project in the UK; intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

* Academic institutions and research and technology organisations (RTOs) cannot lead or work alone.

You can find more information on the competition here: