Delivered by Digital Catapult, funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, as part of the national Made Smarter movement, the Made Smarter Innovation Digital Supply Chain Hub (DSCH) is mobilising diverse communities of stakeholders across multiple manufacturing and technology sectors in the UK to enable the widespread adoption of advanced digital technologies across supply chains.
The programme works with both leading UK manufacturers and the UK’s leading digital technology innovation community to develop cutting-edge technology solutions and facilitate innovative research to many of the UK’s core supply chain challenges. It aims to help manufacturers integrate advanced digital technologies, leading to improved data sharing and more informed analysis, meaning manufacturers are able to spot bottlenecks in supply chains, reduce waste and boost efficiencies.
The DSCH has been designed to develop a globally competitive, digital and diverse innovation ecosystem addressing today’s supply chain challenges, making them more sustainable, resilient and efficient. It will accelerate commercial integration of advanced and emerging digital technologies across manufacturing supply chains. The DSCH is a partly match-funded programme for medium and large manufacturers who will be part of a select group at the forefront of digital adoption. This group will be helping to define the scope of challenges and be directly involved in the programme, the outputs of which will generate a direct impact to achieving a competitive edge for business.
Digital Catapult is the UK authority on advanced digital technology. Through collaboration and innovation, we accelerate industry adoption to drive growth and opportunity across the economy.
We bring together an expert and enterprising community of researchers, startups, scaleups and industry leaders to discover new ways to solve the big challenges limiting the UK’s future potential. Through our specialist programmes and experimental facilities, we make sure that innovation thrives, and the right solutions make it to the real world.
Our goal is to accelerate new possibilities in everything we do and for every business we partner with the journey – breaking down barriers, de-risking innovation, opening up markets and responsibly shaping the products, services and experiences of the future.
Digital Catapult works with organisations on projects involving at least one of the technologies from its “Advanced Digital Technology Stack”: Artificial Intelligence, Immersive, Internet of Things, Distributed Ledger Technologies and Future Networks.
Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
UKRI’s vision is for an outstanding research and innovation system in the UK that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally. Its mission is to convene, catalyse and invest in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system that connects discovery to prosperity and public good
UKRI’s organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
Innovate UK is the UK’s national innovation agency. UKRI supports business-led innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions. It helps businesses grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive, and easy to navigate.
Innovate UK exists to help companies in any part of the UK to grow through innovation. UKRI is a key delivery body for the government’s Innovation Strategy.
UKRI support business through a range of interventions, including helping them:
These interventions support the development of new approaches, across a range of technologies, in all sectors and industries. These include advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, digital, electronics, bioscience and advanced computing.
During the application stage, the judges will be responsible for scoring the applications according to the criteria set out in these Programme Competition Terms. The judges have/will be chosen based on their experience and expertise.
A number of judges from Digital Catapult will help judge the applications.
A number of judges from the Programme Sponsors may help judge applications.
Digital Catapult is working as Innovate UK’s delivery partner on this UKRI funded programme. InnovateUK is the UK’s innovation agency, and is part of UK Research and Innovation.
Industrial companies who provide input on the challenge, scope and brief, support the technology company by providing directional support and opportunity to test solutions in industry environments.
Programme consultants will include among others business analysts and pitching experts who might work together with the Participants.
1.5.1. You are considered an “Applicant” if you apply to this competition.
1.5.2. You are considered a “Participant” if you are successful with your application and complete all pre-Programme activities
Participants on the Programme will receive the following benefits:
Participants on the Programme must commit to the following obligations:
Participants must also be willing to commit to the following obligations as stated below.
Applicants must be a UK based registered company or other registered organisation – or prove they have an establishment in the UK and undertake the majority of the activity in the UK.
Applicants must be able to attend all of the activities as stated in section 5.
Applicants must be eligible to receive £48,000 in Special Drawing Rights/De Minimis Aid (see section “Competition Terms – paragraph 8.2 “State Assistance” for further details).
Applicants must have a UK business bank account.
The programme seeks applications from researchers who will be interested in developing research papers to some of the UK’s core industrial challenges.
Here are the requirements for applications to the Made Smarter Innovation: Digital Supply Chain Hub:
The lead company/organisation* has to be registered with Companies House in the UK (or equivalent, for example establishment in the UK and the majority of work must be carried out in the UK. In the case of international co-productions, the work carried out outside the UK must be proportionate to the amount of funding brought in by the international company)
The team has to have one or more team members with expertise with at least one of the advanced digital technology stack (future networks, artificial intelligence, distributed systems and immersive).
Experience within the manufacturing sector is not essential, however knowledge of how to apply this to industry and relevance to the challenge is required.
The team must be able to attend all the activities (for example, workshop and final Showcase for the duration of the programme).
Please note dates are subject to change:
6.1.1 You will need to submit an application through the Made Smarter Digital Supply Chain Hub platform.
6.1.2 You will need to apply to a specific challenge, please ensure you tick the appropriate box in the full application form.
Relevant Catapult representatives will see your application in order to assess the application, and otherwise in the administration of your application and participation on the Programme.
Relevant IUK representatives (and other Government representatives) will have access to your application for the administration of your application and, if successful, participation on the Programme, including its statutory duties
The sponsor judges will see the complete application, except for personal information fields.
Applicant will appoint a main contact for the Programme (“Key Contact”). This person will be Digital Catapult’s main point of contact for the competition and, if successful, Applicant’s Project activities, including: workshop and event commitments, team members’ availability, ongoing activities, and assessment of progress during and after the Project.
Digital Catapult will use this personal information for the purpose of carrying out due diligence on Applicants prior to the point of selection onto the Programme and to notify successful and unsuccessful Applicants over their submissions. The personal data we collect may be shared with and processed by Programme Partners for the purpose of assessing the Applications and providing benefits to the Participants on the Programme, as set out in these T&Cs.
The Programme Funder will additionally use the personal and confidential information for grant administration purposes, programme evaluation, and to perform its statutory duties.
6.4.1. You must submit your application form (“Submission Method”).
6.4.2. All applications must be submitted via the Submission Method by the Application Deadline.
6.4.3. Once your completed application has been received, Digital Catapult will send you a confirmation receipt by email. If you do not get a receipt within twenty four (24) hours of the next working day, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catapult will undertake an initial assessment of the Applicants against the Programme Requirements.
Digital Catapult will rank applications in order of highest to lowest scoring to create an index allowing the best applications to be easily identified and to progress to the second stage.
A number of applications (up to 5) will be further assessed for each of the challenges by the relevant Industry Sponsor(s) using the same scoring criteria The scores from Stage 1 and 2 will be combined.
If deemed necessary, a moderation session will take place with Digital Catapult judges and the Industry Sponsor judge.
The scoring criteria will be assessed based on statements in the areas below. Each criterion will be scored on a range from 0 to 5. 0 being an “Unacceptable or No submission” score for each criterion and 5 being an “Excellent” score for each criterion. This scoring will be applied to all applications and will be equally weighted.
There are 5 criteria upon which applicants will be assessed:
7.5.1. Digital Catapult will carry out due diligence on applicants prior to the point of selection onto the Programme. Applicants must be willing to submit further information or documentation upon request to qualify as ‘successful’.
7.6.1. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with a standard Programme Agreement for review and execution. These contracts are standard and not negotiable. We do try and ensure these contracts are fair and reasonable.
7.6.2. In order to be accepted onto the Programme, successful applicants must sign Digital Catapult’s Programme Agreement (“Programme Agreement”).
Any funding provided by Programme Funder(s) either as direct cash grant or otherwise used for the operation of the Programme are subject to its terms and conditions stated in the Programme T&Cs.
All the benefits provided under the Programme by third-party organisations (“Suppliers”) are subject to the Supplier’s terms and conditions.
Any optional benefits provided by third party organisations whose terms and conditions are not contained in the Programme T&Cs will be agreed between the
Participant and the Supplier directly.
Digital Catapult reserves the right to amend the list of benefits at its sole discretion.
Participants are receiving the grant pursuant to Special Drawing Rights (aka minimal financial assistance), or to the extent applicable under the NI Protocol, the de minimis aid regulations (COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1407/2013), collectively referred to herein as “State Assistance.
The total State Assistance received or due to be received by a Participant (including any associated companies e.g. subsidiaries), originating from a United Kingdom source, must not exceed £315,000 for GB companies, and €200,000 (approximately £165,000) for Northern Ireland companies (or any organisation subject to the Northern Ireland Protocol) in aggregate across the Participant’s current fiscal year (as at the Agreement Date) and the previous two fiscal years.
This programme has been assessed as providing up to £48,000 aid in total.
Before signing the Programme Agreement, you will therefore be asked to sign a declaration confirming that you are eligible to receive the State Assistance.
Digital Catapult reserves the right to amend the State Assistance of this Programme in line with legislation at the time of contracting.
Digital Catapult reserves the right to accept any application which does not fulfil the minimum requirements.
Digital Catapult reserves the right to change the Key Dates at its sole discretion. No extension to deadlines will usually be granted, with very limited exceptions where the Applicant requests an extension due to reasonable extenuating circumstances, beyond the Applicant’s control and unforeseen to them, subject to the Applicant providing evidence that proves the extenuating circumstance; and the applicant informing Digital Catapult as soon as reasonably practicable following the extenuating circumstance becoming apparent. Digital Catapult reserves the right to consider the factors and decide whether such circumstances are extenuating and whether granting an extension is fair to other applicants. No extension granted will be for greater than two working days.
All information and documents requested must be submitted. Failure to submit all requested information and documents may result in the application being rejected. Catapult will not use outside information in respect of your application unless otherwise indicated, other than to undertake due diligence. Catapult reserves the right to not work with people or an organisation which could impact its reputation.
Catapult reserves the right to either (i) reassess an application from a previous competition (together with information gained from an update meeting), or (ii) accept as a successful applicant an organisation that was previously successful in a previous competition, but whose participation was deferred to a later Programme.
Digital Catapult reserves the right to make amendments to the Programme Agreement it issues up until the point of execution by both parties.
Digital Catapult reserves the right to offer Participants access to its Participant Programmes, such as its Platinum Awards.
9.1.1. Digital Catapult will store your application and the scoring it has received for the entire duration of the Programme. If you are a successful Applicant, we shall also store your Application for a period of up to five (5) years following the end of the Programme. For administration purposes, contracts may be stored for up to seven (7) years, contracts providing State aid for up to eleven (11) years, and deeds for up to thirteen (13) years from the end of the Programme.
9.2.1. The information provided in your Application will be kept confidential and only used and disclosed as reasonably necessary for the purpose of assessing Applications, and, if admitted onto the Programme, for working with you on the Programme. This may include with our Programme Partners as indicated above.
9.2.2. For practical reasons, NDAs will not be signed by Digital Catapult as part of this Programme Competition. The activities we provide can only be achieved through trust of the tech community. It is therefore not in our interest to release your sensitive information. Mutual confidentiality provisions are included in the Programme Agreement.
9.2.3. All information submitted may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, and will be handled in accordance with UKRI’s FOI procedures.
9.2.4. The scoring of your Application will also be treated as confidential information.
9.2.5. As your Application will be transmitted over the Internet, ultimately Digital Catapult cannot guarantee its security.
9.3.1. We respect the intellectual property of others and we ask our Applicants to do the same.
9.3.2. In submitting the Application, you promise that you have and continue to have all necessary rights, licenses, permissions and consent to provide the content in your application to us, and for Catapult to use the Application as we have set out.
9.3.3. We will not remove from Applications any proprietary labels or copyright assertions.
9.4.1. We accept no liability for any consequences, whether direct or indirect, that may arise from your participation in the Programme Competition, your reliance on any statements we may have made about the Programme, or its suspension or withdrawal.
9.4.2. In any case, to the extent permitted under law, Digital Catapult’s liability shall be limited to one thousand (£1,000) pounds.
9.5.1. The Programme Competition is governed by English law and the Applicant agrees that any dispute shall be exclusively resolved
Issued on 27 May 2022