07 August 2019


The Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will invest up to £30 million in projects that focus on the use of industrial digital technologies (IDTs) to transform the productivity and agility of UK manufacturing. The challenge will support innovation and deployment of IDTs across industry sectors via cross-sector collaboration and learning.

We welcome a variety of project types, from feasibility studies to large innovation and/or demonstrator projects.

Projects must be able to achieve rapid technology development and deployment.

We will use a portfolio approach to achieve a balance between the 4 challenge themes, industrial sectors, project types and company sizes.

All projects must be ready to start on or before 1 December 2019, with a defined consortium agreement, agreed industry match funding and a project plan.

Projects must be business led and collaborative, with all consortia involving at least one SME. Projects led by SMEs are encouraged.

The competition closes at midday 12pm UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type


Project size

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £250,000 and £10 million. Projects can be of 6 months to 2 years duration.

Who can apply

Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance.

Your project

Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £250,000 and £10 million.

If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to support@innovateuk.ukri.org at least 10 days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

Projects must be collaborative and involve an SME.

You must start your project on or before 1 December 2019 and end by 31 October 2021. They can last between 6 months and 2 years

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK based manufacturing business of any size
  • collaborate with other businesses, research and technology organisation (RTO), public sector organisations or charities
  • involve at least one SME
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

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