The digital technologies for manufacturing application process takes part in two stages:
- Submission of an outline proposal.
- Invited submission of a full proposal, if successful at outline stage.
Before you apply for stage one, we strongly encourage you to refer to the ‘additional information’ section. This details what you will need to provide for stage two and how it will be assessed.
Stage one: outline
What follows is a copy of the sections and questions you’ll need to complete and answer for this stage one (outline) application on UKRI’s new Funding Service. You cannot apply for stage one of this opportunity on the Je-S system.
Applicants will need to take the following steps to apply:
- Select the ‘Start application’ button toward the start of this page.
- This will open the ‘Sign in’ page of the UKRI Funding Service. If you do not already have an account, you’ll be able to create one, a two-minute process requiring you to verify your email address and set a password.
- Start answering the questions detailed in the ‘How to apply’ section. You can save your work and come back to it later.
- Once complete, use the service to send your application to your research office for review. They’ll check it and return it to you if it needs editing.
- Once happy, your research office will submit it to UKRI for assessment. Only they can do this.
Make sure you get any necessary approval from your organisation in advance and give your research office plenty of time before the closing date.
Please note, if you are submitting a proposal as a joint application, then only the lead organisation should submit a proposal. However, you must provide the details of all intended co-applicants in the applicants section.
1. Details and summary
This should be the title of your proposed project.
Limited to 20 words.
Add applicants section
Provide principal investigator and co-investigator details.
Start date and duration
Provide the start date and planned duration of your proposed project.
The challenge and your idea
State which of the following digital manufacturing research challenges you’re tackling and briefly describe your idea, providing some context for the specific issue identified and your proposed response to it:
- interoperability of analogue and digital process or legacy systems to support digitalisation
- design space exploration, design-support systems
- data challenges influencing modelling capability
- data integrity and risk management in manufacturing systems
- data analytics and visualisation
- human-simulation interaction, people in the loop
- real time simulation and optimisation
- tools to support the verification of models, metrology in manufacturing
- virtual testing, to facilitate non-destructive testing or moving testing online
- building security, privacy, risk and trust into the manufacturing process and supply chains.
Limited to 500 words.
2. Case for support
Provide a case for support, making sure to include the information asked for in ‘What the assessors are looking for in your response’.
What the assessors are looking for in your response
You should make sure you include enough information for assessors to score your application against all the assessment criteria, so they can decide whether to invite you to submit a full proposal.
Structure your response using the four subheadings provided below. You can also include up to five images (one of which can be a Gantt chart) in a single PDF upload.
What is the research vision and how will the research to be conducted support the digital manufacturing priority as described in the ‘What we’re looking for: Scope’ section of the funding finder guidance.
Identify the overall aims of the programme and the challenges to be addressed. Explain why the proposed research is novel, timely and innovative. Explain how the proposed research fits the aims of this opportunity.
Briefly explain who’ll be involved in the project and what expertise they’ll contribute.
Describe the programme of research that will be carried out using the funding, showing how the work packages relate to each other. A small diagram may be useful at this point. Outline the methodology to be used in the research and justify this choice.
Limited to 2,200 words.
3. Resources and costs
Ensure your costs accurately reflect the funding you will need. Reviewers will scrutinise them as part of their overall assessment of your application.
Guidance to providing costs
Please note that the overall cost of applications submitted at stage two is expected to be within 10% of the cost recorded at this stage. Although, these costs will not be assessed at this (outline) stage. They are requested for information to inform EPSRC’s planning.
A degree of estimation is expected for some costs, such as consumables and travel, but carefully work out other costs, like staff and equipment.
We recommend that you work with your research office for this part of your application, as they’ll be familiar with the process. Make sure you leave enough time for them to review this section before submission.
Directly incurred costs arise as a direct consequence of your project taking place. They must be actual, auditable and supported by invoices.
Directly allocated costs are incurred whether or not the project takes place and are estimated at project level. For example, technician time and estates costs.
Indirect costs represent the costs of central and distributed services shared by other activities that are not project-specific. For example, human resources and IT.
4. Sensitive information
Let us know if you need to tell us something that you do not want included within the part of your application that can be read by assessors.
Typical examples of confidential information include:
- an applicant is unavailable until a certain date
- declaration of interest
- additional information about eligibility to apply that would not be appropriately shared in the track record
- conflict of interest for EPSRC to consider in reviewer or panel participant selection.
For information about how UKRI handles personal data please see UKRI’s privacy notice.