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Programmes & Initiatives

Programmes and Initiatives

 

  • High Value Manufacturing Catapult

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult opened in October 2011, and is conceived as providing a “transforming resource to accelerate the commercialisation of new and emerging manufacturing technologies”. It is a strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the UK manufacturing industry and more than double the sector’s contribution to UK GDP.  Established and overseen originally by the Technology Strategy Board, and with over £200 million of government investment, the HVM Catapult network consists of seven technology and innovation centres: 

The Catapult is designed to provide businesses with access to the best manufacturing expertise and facilities in the country, in academia, research, industry and government. It is also intended to bridge the gap between early innovation and industrial scale manufacturing, while also acting as a means by which public and private sector funding for projects and initiatives can be channelled.

 

  • Centres for Innovative Manufacturing (EPSRC)

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, and invests more than £800 million a year in a broad range of subjects. The EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing are part of an initiative to “maximise the impact of innovative research for the UK”. They support both existing industries, while also opening up new industries and markets in growth areas.  Centres receive five years funding to “retain staff, develop collaborations, carry out feasibility studies, and support up to two research projects”. EPSRC support is intended as a platform from which the centres can secure further investment from industry and other sources of funding.

 

  • Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (BIS)

Created in 2011, the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) is a funding competition for collaborative research and development “designed to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains”. Funding amounting to £120m is available for “research and development, skills training, and capital investment to help UK supply chains achieve world-class standards and encourage major new suppliers to locate in the UK”. There are several delivery partners for this initiative. While BIS is the policy owner for the initiative, competitions are run by the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK), and Birmingham City Council is the accountable authority for the initiative.