Enabling Technologies are the foundation of today’s digital society; they include electronics, sensors, photonics, RF systems and computing. Every market sector has increased use of technology to increase performance, extend capability and improve ease of use – from smartphones to medical diagnostics and industrial automation.
Electronics is the enabler of all things digital. It is the hardware and embedded software that allows products and processes to communicate, have power, have intelligence and awareness, be controlled, be automated and operate safely. It’s built into many sectors, including health, aerospace, manufacturing and retail.
Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.
Sensor technologies create measurements and convert them into digital data. This data can then be analysed to inform decision making. What’s being measured could be chemical, bological, physical, mechanical or any other quantities such as chemicals, proteins, weight, dimensions and more.
Current Enabling Technologies funding opportunities
iX Challenge: Innovative approaches to data-driven asset management solutions
Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022
EQUANS is searching for innovators who are developing data-driven asset management solutions that can help digitise and decarbonise energy-consuming assets within buildings and industry, accelerating the zero carbon transition. Through the Clean Growth Innovation Fund, EQUANS is looking to make stra
iX Challenge: Lightweight Energy Storage at Cold Temperatures
Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 23/09/2022
The focus of this Challenge, working with the NSTIx Operational Technology Co-Creation Centre and the British Antarctic Survey, is to develop a person-portable energy storage system (along with the associated charging/safety electronics) that can be recharged at a temperature as low as –40°C.
iX Challenge: Novel Sensor Payloads for Asset Inspection Drones
Opens: 05/08/2022 Closes: 30/09/2022
The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Futureworx to find novel sensors and/or data processing techniques that can be deployed in scenarios offering relatively low Size-Weight-Power-Cooling (SWAPC) budgets. These will initially be aimed at demanding industrial environments, such as t
iX Challenge: Magnetic Measurements for a Fusion Power Plant
Opens: 08/08/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022
UKAEA is searching for innovators who have expertise in magnetic measurement systems that can operate in harsh environments in a fusion reactor, accelerating the development of a prototype fusion reactor plant and the UK’s transition to net zero.
iX Challenge: Waste Heat Measurement In Hot Process Flue (Exhaust) Stacks
Opens: 17/06/2022 Closes: 26/08/2022
This challenge seeks to identify technologies to measure and characterise hot waste heat streams without invasive installation/operation and do so with a high degree of confidence in the accuracy of the given measurement.
Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 8
Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 31/08/2022
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues by working with top scientists and research facilities. Projects can have costs of up to £120k.
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