Robots for a safer world: taking humans out of extreme environments

Posted on: 08/05/2018

Innovate UK to invest up to £15m for business led collaborations to develop robotics and AI systems which remove humans from extreme environments.


As part of the multi-billion pound Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the government will invest in a robotics and AI in extreme environments Super Challenge with the aim of taking humans out of dangerous, harsh or extreme environments. KTN is inviting businesses to one of three briefing events in Glasgow, Manchester and London to find out more about the £15m competition which includes a 5-day residential workshop to develop collaborative proposals for R&D projects.


Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £15 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in business led collaborations to develop robotic and artificial intelligence systems that remove humans from infrastructure inspection, maintenance and repair in extreme environments.

The goal is to create robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI) technologies and systems that make unmanned operation the standard approach in areas such as off-shore energy, nuclear energy, mining and space.

In this competition individuals can apply, on behalf of an organisation, to take part in a 5-day residential workshop called the Innovation Lab from 10 to 14 September 2018. The attendees will work together to develop collaborative proposals for research and innovation projects.
Following the Innovation Lab there will be 3 weeks for the emergent collaborations to finalise proposals prior to formal submission and assessment. Final projects are expected to start in January 2019 and be completed prior to March 2021.

Find out more

Come to a briefing event by clicking on the links below.

Manchester, 24th May

London, 4th June – SOLD OUT

Glasgow, 7th June (please note this is a new date, no longer the 23rd May)

Share this article


Connect with Innovate UK Business Connect

Join Innovate UK Business Connect's mailing list to receive updates on funding opportunities, events and to access Innovate UK Business Connect's deep expertise. Please check your email to confirm your subscription and select your area(s) of interest.