WEBCAST: ISCF Transforming Construction CR&D & Demonstrators Round 2 - Webcast recording and slides now available

Posted on: 04/09/2019

The next and final round of R&D funding will open on the 28th August 2019, with two competitions closing 30th Oct and 6th Nov.


As part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge within the Government’s Industrial Strategy, a £420m Construction Sector Deal was announced in 2018.  A key part of the Sector Deal is an investment by the Government of £170m in the Transforming Construction Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) in line with the Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) Strategy and the Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy (TIES).



The Government has an ambitious vision for this sector – halving the energy use of new buildings by 2030; delivering new construction assets at a third of the cost and significantly quicker; providing assets that are cheaper to run, smarter, safer with lower emissions; and ultimately creating cleaner air.

The Construction Sector Deal sets out an ambitious partnership between the industry and Government that aims to transform the sector’s productivity through innovative technologies and a more highly skilled workforce.

The Transforming Construction ISCF Challenge within the Sector Deal, aims to transform the efficiency of construction techniques through digital technologies like Business Information Modelling; reduce running costs through energy generation and storage technologies; and conduct research and development and demonstration programmes supporting innovations.


What is the Opportunity?

The next and final round of R&D funding will open on the 28th August 2019.

Delivered by Innovate UK, part of UKRI, the funding will include investment of up to £10min a Collaborative R&D programme, and up to £26m in a Demonstrator programme.

£10m MMC, Digital and Whole-Life Performance (CR&D) Programme: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10m for CR&D projects that go beyond the state-of-the-art in improving productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector. Closing date 30th October.

£26m Demonstrator Programme: An investment of up to £26m is available in Demonstrator projects that demonstrate improvements in productivity, quality and performance of the UK construction sector. These will include new validations of business models, digital approaches to design, construction and management, advancements in modern methods of construction and approaches to whole-life performance of a building or assets. Closing date 6th November.


Click on the links to find the materials from the Webcast:

Welcome – Mark Wray, KTN

Transforming Construction: the Industrial Strategy, Sector Deal and the Challenge Fund – Sam Stacey, Challenge Director Transforming Construction, Innovate UK

Transforming Infrastructure: the Government Strategy – Catherine de Marco, Deputy Director Skills & Efficiency, Department for Transport

Competition Launch: Objectives & Scope – Simon Hart, Head of Construction, Innovate UK

Competition Process – Julie Brown & Lydia Weir-Blankenstein, Innovate UK

Construction Innovation Hub Overview and Platform Design Competition – Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub

Active Building Centre Overview – Jan Bell, Director of Operations, Active Building Centre


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