IDEAS programme to boost digital automotive innovation
01 Feb 2022



The Hartree Centre and Institute of Digital Engineering (IDE) have launched a call for projects that will help automotive companies to access and adopt advanced digital technologies.




The IDEAS (Innovation in Digital Engineering – Automotive Sector) programme offers businesses access to the latest technologies and expertise in data science, modelling and simulation and AI to drive automotive innovation.

The programme will provide fully-funded access to Hartree Centre and IBM experts to help solve product, manufacturing, or process challenges, powered by the centre's leading-edge high performance computing, data and AI facilities and platforms. From start-ups to large corporates, IDEAS aims to fast track the development of new digital capabilities, boosting productivity, growth and global competitiveness of the UK automotive sector. 

IDEAS will leverage the recent £230 million investment in the Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) and is guided by the Institute of Digital Engineering's (IDE) recently published Digitalisation Roadmap, with an emphasis on the Digital Engineering Environment Theme.

Companies who take part in IDEAS will get access to the following benefits:

  • In-kind funding for projects aiming to solve product, manufacturing or process issues.
  • The ability to collaborate with the STFC Hartree Centre and IBM Research - home to world-leading science facilities and knowledge, supported by the sector knowledge embedded in IDE. 
  • De-risking innovation by providing access to a supportive environment and the ability to test new digital engineering concepts
  • A pipeline to the development of adoptable methods supported by government investment.

The Hartree Centre and IDE will host a Q&A webinar on 3 Feb 2022 for prospective applicants to find out more about the call criteria and to ask any questions they may have to inform their application.

Apply now