1. Programme Description
The Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub (DSCH) is a £25 million programme with a vision to transform UK manufacturing through digitally empowered supply chains that are more efficient, resilient and sustainable. The Hub aims to achieve this by developing and empowering a globally competitive, digital innovation ecosystem, working together to address and prepare for the critical supply chain challenges facing UK manufacturing.
The digital supply chain testbed opportunity
At the DSCH, we are launching a world first: National Digital Supply Chain Testbeds.
The National Testbeds will involve supply chain companies working with domain experts and technology providers to build an end to end Digital Supply Chain Testbed that delivers on their business goals with regards to productivity, sustainability and resilience.
The UK has one of the world’s most dynamic and well funded technology communities, but falls behind when it comes to the availability and adoption of manufacturing and supply chain technology solutions. The National Digital Supply Chain Testbeds will play a significant role in changing that.
A supply chain testbed can be defined as an isolated, real world operational end to end supply chain environment where technologies, that are ready to deliver value to users, can be deployed and tested using real data but without risking business disruption.
Software development will occur inside the Testbed, in which one or more technology companies can safely experiment with real world systems and data to develop or prove their solutions.
These Testbeds will focus on Sustainability, Resilience & Collaboration in order to:
- gather, create, communicate, and deliver new knowledge
- validate existing products, services and processes,
- facilitate professional development
- Deliver business impact in real-life contexts.
There are four supply chain types we would like to develop testbeds for:
- New emerging supply chains – e.g., new nuclear, hydrogen, protein, circular textiles, off-site construction (MMC) etc. with a focus on sustainability & resilience
- Spares supply chains – for Aerospace or Automotive with a significant circular element
- Electric Vehicle battery supply chains – with a significant focus on resilience and collaboration
- FMCG supply chains – with a significant focus on resilience and sustainability
Testbeds should ideally cover the end to end supply chain but at least cover three tiers.
Our expectation is that each testbed will require up to £1.5 million of investment over a 24 month period. The Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub will provide a grant of up to £315,000. The first 12-months are the building phase of the testbed and the following 12-months are the testbed operation/maintenance phase in which projects will be deployed into the Testbed.
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.
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.
Made Smarter is a national movement to empower the growth of UK makers and advance the UK economy. With the support of Made Smarter, Britain can achieve its aim of becoming a global leader in the creation, adoption and exportation of emerging technologies.
The programme is backed by both world-renowned businesses and the UK government. It will help to improve the process for developing and adopting the tools, as well as make a real, everyday difference to people working within manufacturing – from the boardroom to the factory floor.
To find out more about Made Smarter, head over to ‘What is Made Smarter?’
1.3 – The Programme Judges
During the application stage, the judges will be responsible for scoring the applications according to the process and criteria set out in these Competition Terms. The judges have/will be chosen based on (i) their experience and expertise, and (ii) ability to exercise independent judgment. The Programme Judges are as follows:
Internal Judges: A number of judges from Digital Catapult, including its technology strategy team will help judge the applications.
Independent Judges: An independent judge has been selected to help judge applications, whose details are available on request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.4 – The Programme Partners
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.
1.5 – Applicants & Participants
You are considered an “Applicant” if you apply to this competition. You are considered a “Participant” if you are successful with your application and complete all pre-Programme activities
Where you are applying on behalf of a consortium:
- Applicant shall mean each of the members of the applying consortium, for which the Lead Applicant (the party submitting the application) is responsible for each “Applicant”.
- Participant shall mean each of the members of the successful consortium, for which the Lead Participant (the party submitting the application) will be responsible for each “Participant”.