ISCF Transforming Construction CR&D & Demonstrators Round 2 – watch the webinar (Funding Opportunity)

A new competition will open on 28 August for the Transforming Construction ISCF – watch the competition brief before attending an event.

The next and final round of R&D funding for Transforming Construction Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will open on the 28 August.  The funding will cover up to £10m in MMC, digital and whole-life performance (CR&D) programme and up to £26m in a Demonstrator programme.

As part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge within the government’s Industrial Strategy, a £420m Construction Sector Deal was announced in 2018.  A key part of the Sector Deal is an investment by the government of £170m in the Transforming Construction Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in line with the Transforming Infrastructure Performance Strategy (TIP) and the Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy (TIES).

What is the Opportunity? 

The next and final round of R&D funding will open on the 28 August.

Delivered by Innovate UK, part of UKRI, the funding will include investment of up to £10m in a Collaborative R&D programme (MMC, digital and whole-life performance) and up to £26m in a Demonstrator programme.

  • MMC, digital and whole-life performance Collaborative R&D Programme (CR&D): UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10m for CR&D projects that go beyond the state-of-the-art in improving productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector.
  • Demonstrator Programme: an investment of up to £26m is available in Demonstrator projects that demonstrate improvements in productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector. These will include new validations of business models, digital approaches to design, construction and management, advancements in modern methods of construction and approaches to whole-life performance of a building or assets.

The government has an ambitious vision for this sector – halving the energy use of new buildings by 2030; delivering new construction assets at a third of the cost and significantly quicker; providing assets that are cheaper to run, smarter, safer with lower emissions; and ultimately creating cleaner air.

The Construction Sector Deal sets out a partnership between the industry and government that aims to transform the sector’s productivity through innovative technologies and a more highly skilled workforce.

The Transforming Construction ISCF Challenge within the Sector Deal, aims to transform the efficiency of construction techniques through digital technologies like Business Information Modelling; reduce running costs through energy generation and storage technologies; and conduct research and development and demonstration programmes supporting innovations.

Project applications must demonstrate how the outputs will assist delivery of the sector commitments detailed in the Sector Deal and the objectives of the TIES and TIP Strategy.

Although the competitions are not yet open, the competition briefs are live and details can be accessed here:

Demonstrator projects 

MMC, digital and whole-life performance

Briefing events

Competition briefing events for the call will be held during September in London (4th), Cardiff (5th), Birmingham (6th), Belfast (11th) & Glasgow (12th). The briefing events will present the funding opportunity, provide the chance to hear from the Innovate UK team, pose questions and network.

To express interest in attending one of the events, click on the relevant date to be taken to the booking page:

London – 4 September

Webcast of London event – 4 September

Cardiff – 5 September

Birmingham – 6 September

Belfast – 11 September

Glasgow – 12 September