Future Manufacturing Research Hubs 2018

EPSRC invites outline applications for three large-scale, multidisciplinary research Hubs. Hubs should address major, long-term challenges facing manufacturing industries, and/or capture opportunities from emerging research areas.

EPSRC will provide up to £30 million (Research Council contribution) to support three Future Manufacturing Research Hubs. Research Council funding for each Hub will be up to £10 million 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.

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


Manufacturing is an essential part of the UK economy, comprising 10% of the UK's GVA, 45% of exports and employing 2.6m people, with a further 2.5m across the extended value chain. Our manufacturing sector is diverse, with activities in aerospace, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive, electronics, biotechnology and food and drink. Manufacturing is integral to delivering many of the prosperity outcomes identified within the current EPSRC Delivery Plan.

The sector needs be innovative to compete on a global scale and EPSRC's Manufacturing the Future theme aims to support this innovation through the research we fund. By ensuring researchers co-create their programmes with industry we ensure major, long term challenges are addressed and emerging opportunities are captured.

Please note: The briefing meeting for applicants successful at the Outline Stage will be held at Polaris House on 8th March 2018.