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

As a result of the Connected Everything Network considering ways it can respond to the current Covid-19 challenge, we have identified that there is a specific opportunity to ask for research ideas in the area of standards and regulation arising from recent digital manufacturing advances.

The future of engineering lies in the development of products that improve in performance throughout their useful life. The new products (across a broad spectrum of industrial sectors) will exploit several levels of technology integration and highly collaborative product development.  For this to be effective requires significantly reduced quality assurance and certification timescales, as well as a more continuous process that carries on throughout the product life, and this significantly challenges existing regulatory processes. Key to this will be the creation of new assurance methods that not only exploit new technologies but also use more probabilistic methodologies than they do today.

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.

Key dates

27 May 2020           Call for proposals goes live
22 June 2020          Deadline for submissions (5PM)
8 July 2020              Invitations to Panel Pitch Day issued
                                 Unsuccessful proposals advised
24 July 2020           Panel Pitch Day (online)
29 July 2020           Successful proposals announced
26 August 2020     Kick off meeting (online)
September 2020   Feasibility studies begin

All feasibility studies should have completed before September 2021.

Supporting documents

Full funding call details (PDF)

Feasibility study proposal template Part 1 (WORD)

Feasibility study proposal template Part 2 (WORD)

Budget template spreadsheet – PART 3 (EXCEL)

Frequently asked questions (PDF)

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).