Partnership Fund

The ORCA Partnership Resource Fund (PRF) enables the Hub to expand its current work into new areas with a clearly identified industrial need.

Participating researchers will benefit from the strong interactions established within the Hub as well as the multidisciplinary aspect of the expertise represented in the current themes.

The PRF funding of £2.58M (EPSRC) is open to any UK university and is intended to fund research activities relating to the existing strategic themes through an identified white space, innovative complimentary research or a collaborative project with an industry partner or partners. Successful proposals will work to advance the Hub’s research and technology through clearly defined impact acceleration activities.

Hub activities are reviewed on an annual basis to direct or re-allocate resources through the use of open calls for both core research and commercialization actions.

Now Open

Call Summary

  • Call opens on 24th June 2019
  • Call closes on 2nd August 2019 at 5pm
  • Projects can have total costs of £25,000 and £300,000, and last between 4 and 18 months - *see footnote on equipment cost rules.
  • Projects must be led by a UK based university and include an existing ORCA Co‐Investigator as a partner
  • Proposals must compliment the ORCA Hub themes or demonstrate collaboration through white space
  • Projects must start by 1 January 2020 and end by 1st April 2021
  • Funding decision: September 2019

PRF Guidance Document

PRF Application Form

Completed application forms should be submitted as PDFs to by 5PM on Friday 2 August

Please include “PRF” in the subject title.

* Equipment over £10,000 in value (incl. VAT) will not be available through this call in accordance with the ISCF - Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Hub funding call rules under which ORCA Hub operates.


ORCA Hub Principal Investigator

Professor David Lane

ORCA Hub Co-Investigators

Theme 1: Mapping, Surveying and Inspection:

Professor Yvan Petillot (Mapping Surveying & Inspection work lead)

Dr. Sen Wang

Dr. Mauro Dragone

Dr. Adam Stokes

Dr. Maurice Fallon

Dr. Frederic Cegla

Theme 2: Planning, Control and Manipulation:

Dr. Michael Mistry (Planning, Control & Manipulation work lead)

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar

Dr. Mustafa Suphi Erden

Dr. Aristides Kiprakis

Professor Yvan Petillot

Professor David Ingram

Dr. Zhibin (Alex) Li

Professor Chris Williams

Dr. Ioannis Havoutis

Dr. Mirko Kovac

Professor Peter Cawley

Theme 3: Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction with Explainable AI:

Professor Helen Hastie (Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction with Explainable AI work lead)

Professor Mike Chantler

Dr. Ron Petrick

Dr. Subramanian Ramamoorthy

Dr. Katrin Solveig Lohan

Theme 4: Robot and Asset Self-Certification:

Professor David Flynn (Robot & Asset Self-Certification work lead)

Dr. Valentin Robu

Professor Michael Fisher

Dr. Michael Jump

Dr. Xiaowei Huang

Dr. Tim Hospedales

Divers under offshore oil platform

Simon Reeve - VP Technology & Innovation, Lloyds Register:

"The oil and gas sector is really looking at how it can continue to be effective to get the maximum output from the North Sea, but also keep costs down and improve efficiency, and improve safety. So the ORCA Hub is critical in providing the skills and the technologies that will be necessary for that journey."