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Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub

Innovator and research briefing

Date: 20 June 2022 14:00 - 20 June 2022 15:30

An opportunity for research institutions and UK tech organisations to learn more about the Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub.

About the event

This innovator and research briefing will present the Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub programme and our current challenge brief and application opportunities.

This opportunity is a four month programme designed for startups and researchers to develop industry-ready proof of value technology solutions and research papers to some of the most prevalent industrial challenges set by the UK’s leading manufacturers, including BAE Systems and Schneider Electric.

Challenge briefs

Technology proof of value solutions – £80,000 funding

Research frameworks and models – £40,000 funding

Why attend

This innovator and research briefing will provide attendees with the opportunity to

  • Learn more about the Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub mission and vision
  • Find out more about the current manufacturing and industrial sector, and discover how you could work directly with industrial leaders to tackle supply chain challenges
  • Understand the programme benefits including up to £80k for technology led proof of value funding and up to £40k in research funding, along with access to technology and
  • industry expertise and support to progress your innovative ideas to Industry solutions
  • Discover how to apply, the selection criteria and what success looks like
  • An opportunity to ask relevant questions before completing your application to join the hub

Digital Supply Chain Hub

Developed by Digital Catapult and funded by the Made Smarter Innovation challenge at UKRI, the Hub will transform UK manufacturing by accelerating digital innovation – making supply chains more efficient, resilient and sustainable.

By tackling a challenge with us you’ll work with leading UK manufacturing and supply chain partners to develop your proof of value technology solution or your research framework and model. You will receive funding alongside expertise, and industry leading support on how to apply your research or solution to supply chain challenges. Participants will also receive expert and timely support, industry insights and benefit from our market-leading facilities.


  • 14:00 – Welcome and Introduction
    Dana Elman, Innovation Partner
  • 14:10 – Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub Overview
    Tim Lawrence, Programme Director
  • 14:15 – Introduction to Challenges
    Tim Lawrence, Programme Director
    Ben Ramsden, Partnership Manager
  • 14:35 – Overview of the programme & How to get involved in the first round of Open Calls
    Jasmin Kailath, Innovation Delivery Manager
  • 14:45 – Audience Q & A
  • 15:30 – Close

Challenge briefs

Registrations for the programme are open until 03 July 2022 23:59, applicants must complete the full application process to be considered for the programme.

To find out more about the detailed challenge brief and register your interest in the programme please use the links below: