Twenty-first century manufacturing is an increasingly global endeavour, driven by the rapid pace of technological change. High-value manufacturing processes are increasingly moving towards flexible, intelligent production systems that involve the inter-play of novel technologies, advanced materials, in-line analysis and ICT, dual working of people and automated systems, and precision engineered products and systems. Vital to all industrial sectors, modern manufacturing is more than merely production – it encompasses R&D, design, prototyping, production, distribution, service and support provision, and end-of-life repair, recycle or reuse.
Manufacturing is a top priority in both UK and Indian plans for economic growth. In 2011, India launched a National Manufacturing Policy that aims to increase manufacturing activity from a current 16% GDP to 25% by 2022. This equates to a growth rate of 12 14% per year, and aims to generate 100 million new jobs. The UK’s coalition government has also placed manufacturing at the heart of the economic recovery, and has published a series of policy announcements and reviews on the subject.
EPSRC and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) expect to commit up to £3M (Rs 23 crore) each on research programmes of up to three years in length. The funded programmes are expected to vary in size according to the demands of the proposed research, up to a maximum of £1M total, and will involve both UK and Indian researchers. This call invites applicants to submit a proposal for funding.
The proposal will be assessed by expert postal peer review, and those that are sufficiently supported will be advanced to a funding decision panel in February 2013. Funding decisions are expected to be made in March 2013.
|India and UK announcement date||02 July 2012|
|Call opens in Je-S for proposals||2 July 2012|
|Closing date for proposals||27 September 2012|
|UK (Je-S submission) deadline||16:00 GMT|
|India (DST receipt) deadline||20:30 Indian time|
|Postal peer review||Early October 2012|
|Prioritisation panel for proposals||February 2013|
|Grants announced||March 2013|
|Funded projects to start||January 2014 onwards|
Documents to download
- UK and India Partnership in Advanced Manufacturing Research Challenges Call document (PDF 246KB)
Call for proposals – background, eligibility, how to apply and guidance.
- Joint Format Proposal Form (PDF 1.6MB)
Joint Format Proposal Form (Word 174KB)
This form should be completed and uploaded into Je-S under ‘Letters of Support’ as described in the guidance notes.
- Indian Reviewer Nomination Form (PDF 264KB)
Indian Reviewer Nomination Form (Word 85KB)
This form should be completed and uploaded into Je-S under ‘Other Attachments’ as described in the guidance notes.
- EPSRC/DST India Workshop Summary Report (PDF 1MB)
Event report from the EPSRC/DST India Workshop in Advanced Manufacturing Research Challenges held in January 2012.