UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to improve the productivity and competitiveness of UK foundation industries. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £8 million
Opens: 11th Jan 2021
Closes: 10th Mar 2021
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £8 million for collaborative cross-sector, research and development projects.
The aim of this competition is to improve the productivity and competitiveness of foundation industry companies and supply chains, by funding cross-sector collaborative research and development projects.
This competition aims to bring foundation industry sector businesses together with their immediate supply chain and equipment providers. Together they will work on common resource and energy efficiency challenges.
It will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects which:
The foundation industries sectors include:
Your project must be aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of foundation industry companies and their immediate supply chain.
Your project must address one or more resource or energy efficiency challenges that are common to more than one of the six foundation industries sectors.
Your project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including:
Your application can build upon innovations developed in earlier Transforming Foundation Industry competitions, including:
Your project must address one or more of these themes:
This competition is not funding projects that:
Your organisation must:
You do not need to be in the foundation industries to lead a consortium but you must include at least 2 businesses of any size, from at least 2 foundation industry sectors.
If the lead organisation is an RTO it must collaborate with 2 businesses of any size.
Academic institutions cannot lead a project.
To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.
Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, for example non-UK businesses. Their costs will count towards the total eligible project costs.
ISCF have allocated up to £8 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.
Your project must:
If your project’s total eligible costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 working days prior to the competition closing date.
If your organisation’s work on the project is mostly commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity as part of the project can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation undertaking non-economic activity, this maximum is shared between them.