UK registered organisations can apply for a share of £5 million for fast start projects to improve the resource and energy efficiency of foundation industries. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £5 million
Opens: 28th Oct 2019
Closes: 5th Feb 2020
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects for the foundation industries. These will be cross-sector, collaborative, fast start, short duration, industrial research and development (R&D) projects.
This competition aims to bring together businesses from different sectors within the foundation industries (cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals) to work on common resource and energy efficiency challenges.
It will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the sectors’ companies and supply chains, and encourage companies to stay in the UK.
Your project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including:
For example, you can include efficient use of feedstock, alternative feedstocks, waste utilisation, optimised processes, heat recovery, new resource efficient products, greater recycling of waste or industrial symbiosis.
Your project can also include techno-economic assessment of new products, services and business models.
Your proposal must:
The technical scope of the competition is broad, encompassing any resource or energy efficiency activity for the foundation industries.
Examples of foundation industries cross-sectoral challenges include:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that:
To lead a project your organisation must:
You do not need to be in the foundation industries to lead the consortium.
Whether a business of any size your consortium must include:
To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:
The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.
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.
Innovate UK have allocated up to £5 million to fund collaborative research and development projects in this competition.
Your project must:
If your organisation is primarily engaged in commercial or economic activity (‘selective advantage’) as part of the project you must ensure your request for funding does not exceed the limits defined below. This includes organisations that typically act non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
The research organisations undertaking non-economic activity in your consortium can share up to 50% 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.