Connected Everything (CEII) is looking to fund its first round of feasibility studies. Projects can be between 6 and 12 months in length, and should complete before the end of June 2021. We are looking to fund up to five projects of up to a maximum value of £60,000 at full Economic Cost (fEC), with funding to be awarded at 80% fEC.

Connected Everything I defined a set of key thematic areas:

  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Data analytics and decision making
  • The future industrial worker
  • Service design and customisation
  • Design for future manufacturing

CEII has added three new thematic areas, for which we are developing definitions and research challenges:

  • Creativity and design
  • Sociotechnical data-rich systems
  • Regulations

Proposals should address challenges at low TRLs (1-3) and be aligned with at least one of the thematic areas outlined above.

Selection Criteria
Applicants should consider that the following criteria will be used by the review panel when assessing the proposal:

  • Multidisciplinary and clear demonstration of “discipline-bridging” through activity;
  • Involvement of industry stakeholders;
  • Involvement of early career researchers;
  • Potential for development of future funding applications from EPSRC (e.g. responsive mode), Innovate UK or other funding streams;
  • Demonstration of transfer of concepts from other domains to manufacturing;
  • Potential to lead to strong dissemination materials;
  • Paths to accelerate impact of research to ensure rapid transfer to industry.

Note on early career researcher eligibility: 
These feasibility studies should include early career academics in the team who are transitioning to or establishing independence. There are no eligibility rules based on years since PhD or whether the applicant currently holds a permanent/open-ended academic position or job role. To clarify eligibility as an early career researcher, applicants are expected to hold a doctorate by the start date of the funding being awarded or to be able to demonstrate equivalent research/innovation experience and/or training. Applications are welcome from those returning to research from a career break or following time in other roles; there are no time limits in respect of time spent outside a research or innovation environment.

Key dates

28 November 2019 Call for proposals goes live
12 December 2019 Virtual Q&A information session
20 January 2020 Deadline for submissions

07 February 2020

Invitations to Pitch Panel Day issued
Unsuccessful proposals advised
25 February 2020 Pitch Panel Day
28 February 2020 Successful proposals announced
16 March 2020 Kick off meeting (University of Nottingham)
April 2020 Feasibility studies begin

Supporting documents

Full details of the call (PDF)

Feasibility study proposal template (WORD)

Budget template spreadsheet (EXCEL)

Further information

If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact the Connected Everything II Manager, Debra Fearnshaw (email: debra.fearnshaw@nottingham.ac.uk).