Industrial Technologies

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.

Innovate UK Business Connect’s 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.

Current focus

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 £13.5 billion 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.

Related Opportunities

Digital Twin Energy Grids

Opens: 22/04/2024 Closes: 24/05/2024

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.2m for collaborative projects that enable digital twins, data interoperability and cyber resilience in UK energy networks.

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Made Smarter: National LightHouse Projects May 2024

Opens: 01/05/2024 Closes: 27/05/2024

This call focusses on projects designed to stimulate the transition from legacy manufacturing solutions towards Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

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Made Smarter: Rapid Demonstrator Projects May 2024

Opens: 01/05/2024 Closes: 27/05/2024

This call focusses on developing rapid demonstrator solutions (sensor installation, data analysis or similar) that enable SMEs to advance their smart manufacturing journeys.

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New Innovators in digital technology, North East England

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5m for projects that grow their innovation activities in the digital technology cluster in North East England.

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Innovate UK innovation loans future economy: round 15

Opens: 02/05/2024 Closes: 26/06/2024

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

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Advanced Machinery Innovation Fund

Opens: 20/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered organisations working in Greater Manchester or West Yorkshire can apply for a share of up to £1m to develop advanced machinery.

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