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What is the Business Support?

The future global competitiveness of UK industry and research relies on applying transformative digital tools to business challenges. In the future, manufacturing will not only be about basic operational capabilities, but also about who has more real and reliable data.

As we embrace the digital manufacturing revolution, it is vital manufacturers across the UK can capitalise on the productivity and growth gains that come with adopting the latest data-led digital technologies.

Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) will help to drive advances in manufacturing and development in a more efficient and sustainable way by providing the opportunity for innovative collaboration that will be transformative in driving manufacturing competitiveness.

SMDH will provide a secure, trustworthy mutual society for manufacturing data approach, enabling the provision of affordable data analytics, simulation expertise, knowledge, collaboration, and best practice clustering to manufacturing companies.

SMDH will provide a roadmap for companies to develop their data acquisition and interrogation techniques and will provide technical and financial support to implement new innovative transformational business models and adoption-ready innovations. 

The key objective of SMDH is to support SMEs on their digitisation journey.  It will develop and promote SME access to key enabling Industry 4.0 technologies through a series of rapid demonstrator projects designed to stimulate the transition from legacy manufacturing solutions towards Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 solutions.  

This call focusses on developing rapid demonstrator solutions that enable SMEs to advance their smart manufacturing journeys, de-risking major investment yet enabling growth.  This funding aims to support SMEs with sensor installation, data analysis or similar to enable levelling-up the opportunities for SMEs across the UK to exceed and expand.
Funding is available to all manufacturing SMEs across all regions of the UK.  Through the Digital Innovation Fund, we aim to provide financial support and opportunities for SMEs to embark on a smart manufacturing journey.  The funding is available to all SMEs in any state of digital readiness.

Application forms should be received by 27 May 2024 at 10 am. Once you have registered your EoI the full application form will be sent to you via email.

What is the grant available for?

Your project should develop transformational and disruptive solutions, processes, or services, using the data generated from your factory and optimised through the SMDH Manufacturing Data Exchange Platform (MDEP). All solutions, processes or services must be readily usable by an SME without risking business disruption or incurring significant cost. 

We are open to any SME operating in the manufacturing sector which can demonstrate demand for a new data driven solution. Grant funding of up to £50,000 will be provided to enable you to develop your concept into a market ready solution for deployment. This must be completed within 6 months of the grant award.

Any eligibility criteria

This call is open to manufacturing SMEs only; companies can apply individually or as part of a consortium. All funded organisations must reside within the UK. In all cases the project must demonstrate how it addresses manufacturing SME market needs with resulting data to be shared on the SMDH Manufacturing Data Exchange Platform (MDEP).

Who provides the grant?

Made Smarter Smart Manufacturing Data Hub

How to apply for the grant?

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