Responsive Manufacturing Call

The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Theme will provide up to £7M (Research Council contribution) to support a portfolio of Responsive Manufacturing research projects.

Applicants intending to apply to this call must submit an Outline Proposal via Je-S by 11 August 2020. Outlines will be considered by an expert panel. Successful applicants at the Outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal. This will undergo postal peer review, followed by assessment at a prioritisation panel, resulting in a rank ordered list. Funding decisions will be made in March 2021.

Proposals should target any current or future manufacturing system that is able to respond autonomously to emergent changes or disruption inside or outside the system and so contribute to its resilience and/or sustainability. Relevant changes could concern, for example: supply chain disruption or feedstock availability; workforce availability; output requirements such as product specifications; or uncertainty or error in one part of the manufacturing system. The main research focus must be within the factory or equivalent manufacturing setting; however, the responsive system may respond to changes inside or outside the factory.

Proposals must lie within the remit of the EPSRC Manufacturing the Future theme. Proposals deemed by EPSRC to lie outside this remit or the scope of the call may be rejected without reference to peer review. This applies to both Outline Proposals and Full Proposals.

Applicants must meet standard EPSRC eligibility criteria (see Eligibility section).

Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal will be required to include a User Engagement Strategy as part of the full proposal paperwork.

Applicants should read the Call document in full before applying.

Key dates



Outline Call Open

15 June 2020

Deadline for Outlines

11 August 2020

Call Opens for Invited Full Proposals

17 September 2020

Deadline for Full Proposals

12 November 2020

Prioritisation Panel

February 2021

Funding decision

March 2021

Grant start date (earliest)

From April 2021



Portfolio Manager – Manufacturing the Future

Portfolio Manager – Manufacturing the Future