£84 Million Funding Available

During the Innovate UK conference in Birmingham on the 8 November, Business minister Claire Perry announced £84 million for artificial intelligence, robotics research and smart energy innovation.

Plans for four new research hubs to develop robotic technology improving safety in offshore wind and nuclear. These four new research hubs are based at the University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, University of Surrey and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

£68 million is set aside for artificial intelligence and robotic research aimed for improving safety for jobs within the North Sea through nuclear energy production.

A further £16 million has been committed to smart energy systems innovation.

The investment announced by the Climate Change and Industry Minister also includes:

  • £4.3 million for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to fund five research projects at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and the Universities of Exeter and Southampton, to develop sensors capable of working in the ocean’s extreme conditions
  • £16.5 million for a collaborative research and development competition, run by Innovate UK, with winners set to include more than 70 businesses, 13 universities and 10 research organisations
  • funding of £3 million for 17 studies which focus on demonstrating how artificial intelligence can operate in extreme environments, following a separate competition run by Innovate UK.

Further information around the funding available can be found on the governments website.