update for prospective applicants

If you have an enquiry about your project idea’s fit with and additionality to the Construction Innovation Hub programme, please read the Essential Information on our website.

If you have previously completed an enquiry form on this website, the Hub team will respond to you.

For enquiries only regarding compatibility with MMC platform approaches developed under the programme and specified by the Department for Education please contact Innovate UK at support@innovateuk.ukri.org or call the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 between 9am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.  

The Construction Innovation Hub is part of the Transforming Construction Challenge, which aims to support industry to adopt technologies for constructing buildings 50% faster, 33% cheaper and with half the lifetime carbon emissions. Through Transforming Construction, UK government is investing £170 million, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques, such as the development of standardised modular components from which buildings can be manufactured.

Innovate UK – the government’s innovation funding agency – is launching two funding competitions as part of the Challenge, to help businesses bring innovative construction solutions to market and to demonstrate them on live projects. This final round of R&D funding will open on the 28 August and cover up to £10m in an MMC, digital and whole-life performance (CR&D) programme and up to £26m in a Demonstrator programme.

The Transforming UK Construction 2nd Round CR&D competition will support the development of close-to-market products, technologies, processes or services that will improve productivity, quality and performance in the UK construction sector.

The Transforming UK Construction Demonstrators competition will apply known approaches to improving built asset lifecycle deployed at scale on real-world projects. These will include new validations of business models, digital approaches to design, construction and management, advancements in modern methods of construction and approaches to whole-life performance of a building or assets.

Prospective applicants to these competitions are advised to liaise with us at the Construction Innovation Hub or with the Active Building Centre before submitting an application. The Hub works in close partnership with the Active Building Centre as part the wider Transforming Construction Challenge.