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Up to £12.5 million to increase productivity, performance and quality in construction through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £12.5 million for projects to transform how the construction sector delivers new buildings. The funding is provided by UK Research and Innovation and delivered through Innovate UK.
There is a shortage of high-quality housing in the UK and more affordable, energy efficient and healthier places are needed to live and work. This is creating demand to produce buildings more quickly, safely and with lower emissions.
For this to happen there has to be a revolution in the construction sector. Currently it lags behind other industries for productivity – and hasn’t changer much in more than 40 years.
So through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund government is supporting a transformation of UK construction.
The £170 million government investment, matched by £250 million from industry, will create new construction processes and techniques for building manufacture.
This £12.5 million funding competition is one element of the programme, which also includes funding for research, a new construction network and the creation of an active building centre and innovation hub.
It’s a core part of the Construction Sector Deal, which sets out its vision for a future-proofed sector that can provide affordable, energy efficient homes in days or weeks, rather than months, and at the third of the cost.
This competition is looking for projects that address the 3 main stages of the construction lifecycle:
The idea proposed should ultimately lead to cost savings, reduced delays and improvements in collaborations, productivity and outputs.
To meet the objectives of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, projects must do one or more of the following:
Depending on the length, projects can be for feasibility studies, industrial research or experimental development.
To find out more about this competition, please follow the link provided on the right hand side.