Manufacturing Investigator-Led Highlight Notice: NetworkPlus

  • Deadline for Intent to Submit (via the form on this page): 24 October 2018

The Manufacturing the Future Theme would like to support up to five NetworkPlus grants to stimulate development of manufacturing research and communities within key emerging areas of national importance for manufacturing research. These networks will bring together relevant parts of the interdisciplinary manufacturing communities and a variety of stakeholders, to identify the key research opportunities, build collaborations and grow the area of research for the benefit of the UK. Networks are intended to be UK-wide, and should involve a broad range of disciplines as well as non-academic stakeholders. The NetworkPlus could undertake a variety of activities including workshops, events, feasibility studies, secondments or horizon scanning. Applicants are encouraged to tailor their activities to the needs of the area and to be innovative in their approach.

There is up to £5 million available for this call.

The Manufacturing the Future theme has identified some priority areas which would benefit from having a NetworkPlus. However Manufacturing the Future also welcomes proposals for a NetworkPlus in other areas related to manufacturing research. All proposals will have to make a case for why a NetworkPlus is required in the area.

The priority areas identified are:

  • Circular Economy
  • Resilient Manufacturing.

The Manufacturing the Future Theme will also be considering an extension to the Connected Everything NetworkPlus. This will be assessed on a separate list but tensioned against new proposals. The £5 million will be used for both new proposals and the extension. The renewal of the network will have different assessment criteria, which are described in the full call document (available from the "Resources" section of this call page).