The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time

What is the Fund?

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next four years. The fund will help to ensure that research and innovation take centre stage in the government’s industrial strategy, with investment earmarked for technologies where the UK can build on its world-leading strengths and help innovative businesses to tap into large and growing global markets, as well as the industries of the future. Six challenges have been selected to receive fund support so far: healthcare and medicines; robotics and artificial intelligence; clean and flexible energy; driverless vehicles; manufacturing and materials of the future; satellites and space technology.

The fund is being administered by Innovate UK and the Research Councils until the new body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is formed in 2018.

Information on Applying

Information about further challenges, future engagement activities and how to access funding for researchers will be published on the Research Councils UK website as it is announced.

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