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ISCF transforming foundation industries: fast start projects

Funding details
Registration opens
28 Oct 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
05 Feb 2020, 00:00
05 Feb 2020, 00:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £500,000. Up to 70% of costs can be covered, depending on the size of your business.
Innovate UK

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.

The aim of this competition is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities. Your project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including:

  • feedstock inputs
  • production
  • material product development

Your consortium must include at least 2 businesses representing at least 2 sectors in the foundation industries (cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals and bulk chemicals).

Your project must not focus on fuel switching or technologies for the capture of emissions, such as carbon capture and storage. 

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:

  • address one or more resource or energy efficiency challenges that are common to more than one of the 6 target sectors
  • indicate how your project will help the UK’s foundation industries remain competitive

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £500,000
  • be collaborative
  • last between 3 and 12 months and be ready to start in July 2020

If your project’s total eligible costs or duration fall outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to at least 10 days before the competition closes.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

You do not need to be in the foundation industries to lead the consortium.

Project team

Whether or not you are a business of any size, your consortium must include:

  • at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • at least 2 businesses, of any size, from at least 2 foundation industry sectors

To collaborate with the lead organisation your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • be invited to take part by the lead applicant
  • enter its costs in the Innovation Funding Service

The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding.

KTN are running six briefing events for this competition:

London – 14th November (Available via webcast)
Cardiff – 20th November
Northern Ireland – 21st November
Glasgow –  27th November
Sheffield – 28th November

If you would like advice on applying for this competition or finding partners, contact the Materials team.