Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Future Cities Challenge Engagement Wanted

Posted on: 10/05/2018

Industry practitioners are invited to participate in a workshop to review the proposed Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund theme: “21st Century Cities”

The world is rapidly urbanising and the pace of urbanisation is accelerating. This is not only creating challenges around city resourcing but also putting cities at the forefront of climate change impact.

Increasingly complex problems in cities mean that to live sustainably in urban environments, we need to radically change the way cities are run.

Innovate UK, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, in collaboration with BEIS and the Knowledge Transfer Network, are seeking industry practitioners to participate in an engagement workshop to review and validate the proposed Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) theme: “21st Century Cities”.

Funding is not guaranteed for the programme. This engagement forms a vital part of the process to finalise a proposal on which funding decisions will be made in early autumn, alongside others dealing with challenges across the economy.

We are seeking to engage with stakeholders to:

  • Validate the scope of the challenge we are proposing
  • Understand the market opportunity
  • Ensure the programme time scales are reasonable
  • Gather feedback on the scale of investment that might be needed
  • To understand industry appetite to participate and co-fund


The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers. The fund is part of the Government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over 4 years.

It is designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Register to attend

Workshops are being held as follows:

London, 14th May
Edinburgh, 17th May
Nottingham, 23rd May


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