Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

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The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is part of the government’s high-level Industrial Strategy to address major industrial and societal challenges and raise productivity and earning power in the UK.

The fund is part of the government's commitment to increase spending on research and development by £4.7 billion over a four year period, creating many opportunities for businesses and researchers to work together to address challenges where the UK is well placed to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions. 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are responsible for delivering the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. UKRI comprises the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. 

The University of Plymouth has established an Industrial Strategy Working Group to coordinate institutional responses where appropriate. This Group is chaired by Adrian Dawson, Director of Research and Innovation.

What are the challenges? 

A series of challenges have been defined through consultation with industry. They share two common characteristics:

  • the UK has world-leading research and businesses that are ready to innovate in the target area
  • the global market is large or fast-growing and sustainable.
A full list of the challenges with detailed information is available from the UKRI website.

ISCF – current funding opportunities

The best way to stay up to date with current funding opportunities under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is to register for alerts with Research Professional. This is a comprehensive online research funding opportunities database and alerting service, which the University subscribes to and which is accessible to all staff. 

For further details and instructions on how to register please visit our Research Professional page

The Industrial Strategy – Making it work for you

This event was held on 26 January 2018 and featured speakers from key funders as well as the research base and industry. Visit the event page for access to the programme and slides from the event.