Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund brings together leading research and business to tackle the big societal and industrial challenges today.


What is the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund?

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is part of government’s Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to raise productivity and earning power in the UK.

The fund is a core pillar in the government’s commitment to increase funding in research and development by £4.7 billion over 4 years to strengthen UK science and business.

It will invest in the world-leading research base and highly-innovative businesses to address the biggest industrial and societal challenges today.

What are the challenges?

The challenges have been informed by industry and are where:

  • we already have world-leading research and businesses that are ready to innovate
  • the global market is large or fast-growing and sustainable

Challenge areas shortlisted for future support include: accelerating detection of disease, commercialising quantum, digital security by design, driving the electric revolution, future flight, industrial decarbonisation, manufacturing made smarter, sustainable plastic packaging and transforming foundation industries.

There's more on the shortlisted challenges in our blog. Details will be added here as they are confirmed.


Audience of the future

The next generation of virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences are coming, thanks to a UK government investment to support the best UK storytellers to create ground-breaking experiences in TV, performance, sport and more.

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Creative industries clusters

An overview of the government’s programme to grow the creative economy and open up exciting ways to create, distribute, and participate in new products and experiences.

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Driverless cars

An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to develop AI and control systems that put the UK at the forefront of the driverless cars revolution.

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Faraday battery challenge

The Faraday battery challenge will help to lower carbon and tackle air pollution by improving batteries. It will develop high-performance batteries for electric vehicles and other applications that are more cost-effective, durable, safer, of lower weight and also recyclable.

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From data to early diagnosis and precision medicine

This challenge will create new products and services using the wealth of health data we have in the UK. It will enable clinicians to diagnose individual patients earlier and then choose the best course of treatment to improve their quality of life.

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Healthy ageing

The healthy ageing challenge asks industry and researchers to develop products and services to help people remain independent, productive, active and socially connected for longer.

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Leading-edge healthcare

To help individual patients get the right drugs and treatments for them at the right time and speed up access to new medicines, this challenge will develop first-of-a-kind technologies for manufacturing, as well as new digital products.

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Manufacturing and future materials

An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to develop the next generation of affordable, light-weight composite materials.

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National Satellite Test Facility

An overview of the government’s investment to establish satellite test facilities in the UK and ensure it remains a world leader in space technologies.

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Next generation services

An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to help the service industry take advantage of new technologies.

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Prospering from the energy revolution

Smart energy systems can intelligently link energy supply, storage and use, and power heating and transport in ways that dramatically improve efficiency. It’s a huge market opportunity, with $2 trillion a year estimated to be invested in global energy infrastructure.

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Quantum technologies

Quantum technology has the potential to hugely improve our products and devices, from those we rely on everyday such as mobile phones, to creating new medical and communications systems. This challenge will help take quantum out of lab so that it can be turned into products of the future.

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Robots for a safer world

This challenge will develop artificial intelligence and robotics systems for extreme working environments, such as deep mining, nuclear energy, space and off-shore energy. It will support safer work for people and improve productivity.

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Transforming construction

An overview of the government’s challenge to industry and research to transform construction to make buildings more affordable, efficient, safer and healthier.

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Transforming food production

This challenge will produce more efficient, sustainable food and make supply less vulnerable to shocks such as disease outbreaks and extreme weather. Doing so will benefit farmers, consumers and the environment.

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