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We have a mission: to build a digital innovation ecosystem that funds and supports UK innovators and manufacturers. It’s our hope that this empowers them to validate, develop and launch their ideas.

By partnering with experts along the way, makers and digital solution companies alike can completely transform the face of manufacturing.

Through the national Made Smarter Innovation programme, we’re making it easier for these individuals to innovate using emerging technologies. Manufacturers will be able to create better, more competitive and sustainable products and processes, while digital companies can get the opportunity to develop & deploy their game-changing concepts in an exciting market.

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  • Our Ambition

    Our goals represent the future we’re aiming to build. And you can be part of it. Our powerful networks, centres, innovation funding and wide range of support initiatives offer an opportunity to rapidly prove, develop and scale digital technologies – enabling you to turn your vision into reality.

  • Our Story

    The Made Smarter Innovation programme is designed to champion the UK’s manufacturing revolution. We’re pioneering the development and integration of industrial digital technologies (IDTs), enabling the manufacturing sector to become more resilient, flexible, productive and sustainable.

    The £147m investment, matched by a minimum of £147m from industry, will support makers and technology developers to scale ‘out of the box’ digital technology solutions. With funding and introductions to the right partners, you can reduce the risk and accelerate innovation.

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  • How will you innovate?

    We’re supporting collaborations across UK manufacturing sectors to create innovative solutions with the help of leading IDT (Industrial Digitisation Technology) specialists. These include:

    • Artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics
    • Additive manufacturing
    • Robotics and automation
    • Virtual reality and augmented reality
    • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connectivity (5G, LPWAN, etc.)
    • Sensors
    • Blockchain

    More on the digital innovation ecosystem coming soon.

  • The digital innovation ecosystem

    From those that fast-track digital development to those centred around building a community, discover our variety of support initiatives. You’re certain to find one that meets your project’s needs.

  • Made Smarter Technology Accelerator

    The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator isn’t just an initiative – it’s a catalyst. It brings together makers and innovative startups and scaleups to swiftly develop technology prototypes. The aim? To tackle some of our most widespread manufacturing challenges.

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  • Made Smarter Innovation Hubs

    Made Smarter Innovation Hubs are a national network of facilities available to the manufacturing industry collaboratively developing novel digital solutions for key manufacturing challenges through a network of test beds.

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  • Made Smarter Innovation Network

    The Made Smarter Innovation Network is a vibrant community of digital technology providers, developers and users and manufacturers. They can access investment in R&D, along with amplified collaboration opportunities across various sectors, within the UK and beyond.

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  • Made Smarter Network Plus

    This £4m initiative strives to support the creation of our digital innovation ecosystem, accelerating adoption and diffusion. Running from October 2021 until December 2024, our aim is to ensure that social and economic science insights can be accessed by UK makers.

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  • Made Smarter Innovation Standards

    This £250,000 initiative will build a common open standards environment for manufacturing digital technologies through workshops, guides and helpful tools to address interoperability challenges through standardisation.

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  • Made Smarter Innovation Research Centres

    A £25m investment across 5 centres to identify early stage, transformative innovation ideas, covering both technological and societal aspects.

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  • Made Smarter Collaborative R&D Funding

    Powerful collaborations solving the biggest challenges to develop industry ready digital solutions.

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