Future ICT-enabled manufacturing – cross-disciplinary research clusters

In November 2011, EPSRC announced a call for cross-disciplinary research and networking activities to help new information and communication technologies (ICT) to transform future manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing is highly knowledge intensive and ICT has a huge role to play in improving manufacturing intelligence, supporting collaboration, increasing efficiency, speeding up innovation, and enabling new business models and technologies.

Around £12 million is available for this call through EPSRC’s Manufacturing the Future theme and we expect to fund 5-7 grants.

An outline panel was held on the 19 April 2012, and 12 proposals have been invited to submit full proposals. Details of the Future ICT-enabled Manufacturing outline panel can be viewed on Grants on the web, this includes the panel membership.

Full proposals will be sent to reviewers during the summer and an interview panel will be held in the autumn. Outcomes will be made available later this year.