Connected Everything (CEII) is has now closed its third round of funding for feasibility studies. We will announce the funded studies in May 2021.
CEII is looking to fund a round of feasibility studies with a specific focus on industry involvement which reflects one or more of our 7 themes. Our total funding available for this call is £240,000 and we want to fund as many high-quality applications as possible. Projects will be funded to a maximum value of £60,000 at full Economic Cost (fEC). Funding will be awarded at 80% fEC (total project value cannot exceed £60,000). Projects can be between 6 and 12 months in length and must complete before the end of May 2022. Applications where a portion of the £60,000 costs is met by industry funding are also welcomed.
As CEII is funded by EPSRC, our focus is on fundamental ideas that have potential to be developed into future applications or concepts that can be implemented within Digital Manufacturing. Therefore, proposals should address challenges at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs 1-3) and be aligned with at least one of the thematic areas.
In light of the current social distancing guidelines, all proposals submitted must be able to conduct and complete their research while adhering to government guidance.
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.
12 January 2021 Call for proposals goes live
3 February 2021 Feasibility Study call – Question and Answer session (online).
22 February 2021 Deadline for submissions (5PM)
23 March 2021 Invitations to Panel Pitch Day issued
Unsuccessful proposals advised
27 April 2021 Panel Pitch Day (online)
6 May 2021 Successful proposals informed
25 May 2021 Kick off meeting (online)
June 2021 Feasibility studies begin
All feasibility studies should have completed before May 2022.
Connected Everything has recently posted a two new podcasts on our You Tube channel. On the first Prof Sarah Sharples with Debra Fearnshaw discuss writing successful feasibility studies. The second sees Debra Fearnshaw return, this time joined by Susan Reiblein who discuss developing a successful panel pitch.
If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact the Connected Everything II Network Manager, Debra Fearnshaw (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).