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.
The Electech Report estimated that there are over 1 million people employed within 45,000 businesses in the electronics sector, generating revenues of around £100 billion to the UK economy.
The Electronics team helps organisations access expert knowledge, funding opportunities and powerful connections.
Are you innovating in the Electronics sector?
We can help you take the next step by connecting you with the right funding, people and expertise.
Our people work with businesses of all sizes, including both developers and users of electronic technologies.
Our current focus in this area
Computing helps produce digital assets and software activity. These can be used by varied sectors such as transport, infrastructure, farming and life sciences.
The Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge, represents an investment of up to £80million over 4 years for business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines & drives (PEMD).
An Embedded System is a computer system that plays a role within a larger mechanical or electrical system. Embedded systems control many devices we use everyday like vehicle engine management systems. They are part of complete devices that often include hardware and mechanical parts.
Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) are technologies that enable the control and delivery of electrical energy. These technologies are growing fast and are used across many sectors.
Radio-frequency (RF) electronics and systems is the application of transmission lines, waveguides, electronics, antennas and electromagnetic fields to the design and application of devices that produce or utilize signals within the radio band.
From bioelectronic medicine that treat chronic diseases, to brain-computer interfaces that help stroke rehabilitation, neurotechnology will play an increasingly important role in meeting some of the challenges of an ageing society.
The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network is a collaborative community of technology developers and end-users from multiple sectors.
Innovate UK Transformative Technologies
Opens: 20/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered small and micro businesses who have not been funded by Innovate UK in the past can apply for a share of up to £20 million for affordable, adoptable and investable innovations in transformative technologies.
UK Battery Industrialisation Centre SME Credit Round 1
Opens: 21/02/2023 Closes: 04/04/2023
UK registered micro, small and medium enterprises can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to increase and facilitate their engagement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC). This funding is from the Faraday Battery Challenge.
Semiconductor industry skills and training
Opens: 28/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million for initiatives to address shortages across the semiconductor industry for innovative skills, talent, and training projects.
Semiconductor manufacturing scale-up - feasibility
Opens: 27/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million. This is part of a feasibility study into ways to improve and scale-up semiconductor design and manufacture within the UK.
Battery manufacturing training initiative: expression of interest
Opens: 07/03/2023 Closes: 04/04/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million to establish at least one training initiative for battery manufacturing. This funding is from the Faraday Battery Challenge. This is a phase 1 EoI of a potential 2 phase competition.
V2X Innovation programme: bi-directional charging demonstrations
Opens: 21/03/2023 Closes: 10/05/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.4m for small scale demonstrations of novel Vehicle to everything (V2X) energy technology providing storage and flexible services under Phase 2 of the V2X Innovation Programme.
Related Events and Recordings
Made Smarter Innovation CR&D Briefing Webinar
10.00 - 12.30 | Online
Neurotechnology Webinar: The Potential Applications of Neurotechnology and Games
11.00 - 13.00 | Online
CyberASAP Year 6 Demo Day
12.30 - 19.00 | London
Recording coming soon
Driving the Electric Revolution: Scale-up for PEMD competition briefing
Watch the Driving the Electric Revolution £5 million competition briefing webinar recording now
Findings from the Innovate UK Global Expert Mission on Critical Materials
In May 2022, as part of Innovate UK’s Global Expert Missions Programme commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with funding from the Global Research and Innovation Programme (GRIP), a team of UK experts led by Innovate UK KTN visited Canada and the US to improve our understanding of the research and innovation landscape in the field of critical materials.