Industrial 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.
An example would be a car – modern cars contain 50 to 100 embedded computers using data from up to 100 sensors. By 2030 it is expected that 50% of the cost of the car will be electronics and associated technologies.
Within the home we expect fast internet and great WiFi to connect our computers and run our connected devices – from light bulbs or heating thermostats to smart devices such as Alexa. Advances in photonics significantly improves the resolution and quality of TV pictures.
Within the manufacturing sector digitalisation is seen as the key driver for productivity improvement in the UK – automation and monitoring of equipment are built on industrial technologies.
The KTN Industrial Technologies team helps organisations interested in developing, or using, innovative technologies to access funding, expert knowledge and to form collaborations. If you are a business working on innovative products, services or processes we can help you take the next step by connecting you with the right funding, people and expertise.
Our experts work with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups and spin-outs, to medium sized enterprises and multinational organisations. This includes organisations that are undertaking R&D to generate new, innovative products or services that help the UK economy or deliver social good.
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, with the technology 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, biological, physical, mechanical or any other quantities such as chemicals, proteins, weight, dimensions and more.
Made Smarter Innovation: Industry ready Robotics and Automation
Opens: 18/01/2023 Closes: 05/04/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £6 million for late-stage robotics and automation innovation projects. This is to develop industrially ready solutions deployable within manufacturing processes in factories.
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.
Launchpad: Advanced Manufacturing CR&D Liverpool City Region, Round 2
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million for business led projects that grow activities in the advanced manufacturing innovation cluster centred on the Liverpool City Region.
Launchpad: Advanced Manufacturing, MFA, Liverpool City Region, R2
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 29/03/2023
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million for projects that grow activities in the advanced manufacturing innovation cluster centred on Liverpool City Region.
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.
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.
Related Events and Recordings
Made Smarter Innovation CR&D Briefing Webinar
10.00 - 12.30 | Online
Consortium Building Event: National Robotarium, Edinburgh
12.00 - 17.00 | Edinburgh
Recording coming soon
Introducing the Research Centres & Innovation Hubs: InterAct
12.00 - 13.00 | Online
Meet our KTM for Industrial Technologies
Paul Huggett, Knowledge Transfer Manager for Industrial Technologies at Innovate UK KTN, shares what his work involves.
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.