Connecting capabilities for the Internet of Things

Promoting the Internet of Things via Collaborations between HEIs & Industry to benefit the UK

What is Pitch-In?

  • A new project led by the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle alongside industrial and health sector partners.

  • Industrial collaborators include the global engineering organisation Siemens, sector specific technology specialists and networks such as the High Value Manufacturing and Digital Catapults and the Northern Health Sciences Alliance alongside regulatory authorities such as OFGEM.

  • Funding will allow universities to investigate barriers to collaboration in the development and exploitation of technologies in the Internet of Things and share the knowledge gathered.

What is the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnection of computing capability in everyday objects: objects about our person, in our homes, factories, hospitals, buildings, cities and environment. The IoT supports a host of so-called 'smart' applications ranging from industrial process control, such as remotely monitoring when a factory machine needs maintenance, through to enhanced support for patients with dementia such as reminding someone to take their medicine. It is estimated that we will have 50 billion connected elements online within the next decade. Effective implementation of IoT is critical to industrial, societal and economic development in the UK.

What does the project aim to achieve?

The Pitch-In collaboration will benefit the UK as a whole via wide-scale collaboration between academic institutions coupled with an extensive network of public and private sector collaborators. The project, led by the University of Sheffield, will investigate the barriers to successful IoT take-up, trial solutions, and capture and share good practice learning outcomes. The collaborative project will also disseminate guidance regionally, nationally and globally and will support the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy by significantly enhancing the commercialisation and wider exploitation prospects of UK IoT research and technology.

What are the opportunities?

We'll be updating this page with further information on the project as it develops, sharing news and information on upcoming opportunities and disseminating learning.


Year 1 – 2018
Full website to be launched Autumn/Winter, first project information and outputs to be available and the development of an IoT ecosystem underway.

Year 2 and 3 – 2019/20
Further projects commissions and IoT training materials to be available online. Open IoT training and dissemination events to be held.

Year 4 – 2021
All project outcomes documented and dissemination events to be held at each partner university. Sustainable ecosystem for engagement and support to be established.

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The Internet of Things underpins much of the current drive to increased industrial automation and enhanced services and is set to have major impact on most of our lives. The Research England Pitch-In collaboration between Sheffield, Newcastle, Oxford and Cambridge will enhance the universities' ability to work with each other and with their regions to promote adoption of the Internet of Things, particularly in manufacturing, health, smart cities and energy.

Professor John Clark, Project Academic Lead
Department of Computer Science at
The University of Sheffield

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