Robotics in extreme environments - funding available for electronics, sensors and photonics

Posted on: 25/02/2019

Up to £250k per project is on offer from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Рapply by 11th May 2019.

Innovate UK and the KTN are holding a briefing event in support of this competition for R&D Funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for ESP (Electronics, Sensors and Photonics) for robotics in extreme environments.

The aim of the competition is to encourage R&D investment in ESP enabled robotics capabilities made in the UK.

Successful proposals will demonstrate a thorough understanding of whole system design requirements for Robotics and AI in extreme environments. They must also include mission-specific performance and regulatory targets, and will show an understanding of the challenge in RAI systems in extreme environments, including the market specifically addressed in your proposal.

Out of a total budget of £2m, funding may be available for :

  • Feasibility studies. Total eligible costs ¬£25,000 – ¬£100,000.
  • Collaborative R&D. Total eligible costs ¬£50,000 – ¬£250,000.

Specific Themes are:

  • Optics and photonics based sensing
  • Compound semiconductor based electronics
  • Packaging
  • Modelling and simulation

See the full scope and how to apply.

Register for the events below (all are free):

ESP for Robotics in Extreme Environments – Edinburgh (21st March)

ESP for Robotics in Extreme Environments – Cardiff (26th March)


Sensor specialists may also be interested in our 48th Intelligent Sensing Program – Sensing in Harsh Environments event on 21st May in Solihull.

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