Delivery Partners

Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub is delivered by Digital Catapult, and funded by the Made Smarter Innovation challenge at UK Research and Innovation. It is delivered in partnership with a number of leading manufacturing and supply chain organisations to boost expertise, create regional centres of excellence and ongoing efforts across the sector to accelerate commercial integration of industrial digital technologies.

Digital Catapult


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 big challenges that will unlock 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 is part of the Catapult Network that supports businesses in transforming great ideas into valuable products and services. We are a network of world-leading technology and innovation centres established by Innovate UK.

Made Smarter Innovation


Made Smarter Innovation is a national programme to help businesses who make things capitalise on new digital technologies.

Our programme will support the transformation of UK’s manufacturing capabilities through the development and innovation of industrial digital technologies. We give UK manufacturers access to a digital innovation ecosystem that helps prove their idea, quickly develop it with experts and scale it.

The £300 million partnership between government and industry will provide match-funding, specialist advice and result in radical manufacturing solutions. Made Smarter Innovation is delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).



UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the largest public funder of research and innovation in the UK, with a budget of over £8bn. It is composed of seven disciplinary research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. It operates across the whole country and work with our many partners in higher education, research organisations businesses, government, and charities.

The UKRI 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. It’s 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 continues to support the research and innovation community to navigate the transitions associated with the exit of the UK from the EU. To keep up to date please visit our dedicated pages.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. The fund was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It was designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation.

High Value Manufacturing Catapult


Challenge Sponsors

Our current sponsored challenges include - sustainable supply chains, supply chain mapping, supply demand imbalances, supply chain collaboration and supply chain resilience.


2022: Supply and demand imbalance


2022: Supply and demand imbalance


2022: Supply chain resilience


2022: Sustainable supply chains

BAE Systems

2022: Supply chain mapping

Food Standards Agency

2022: Supply chain collaboration