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Chemicals funding round-up

Posted on 14/09/2018

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the chemical sector.

Updated: 18th February 2019

KTN’s Chemistry team have compiled a list of some of the latest funding competitions of relevance to the chemicals sector, with the intention of helping you to identify the most appropriate funding programmes to help take your innovations forward.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help finding collaborative partners, or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Funding for Low Carbon Industry

Across government, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expect to invest around £162 million in industrial research and innovation, including Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS). As part of this commitment, within the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS expects to invest around £100 million in low carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies which will enable UK industry to remain competitive.

You can find out more about these calls on the BEIS low carbon funding page here.

UK Israel open collaborative competition 2018

Registration closes: 27.02.19 at 12:00pm. Competition closes: 11.03.19 at 12:00pm.

UK and Israel are announcing a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets. UK project total eligible costs are expected to be between £200,000 and £250,000. Projects are expected to last up to 24 months.

Click here to find out more.

Eureka Eurostars 2: Round 11

Competition closes: 28.02.19 at 19:00.

Innovative SMEs can apply for a share of £2.5 million to collaborate in research with partners across Europe and associated countries.  This competition is aimed at small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working on high-quality research and development (R&D) projects across national borders. These enterprises often find it difficult to attract public-sector funding. EUREKA Eurostars was set up to overcome this barrier to innovation. With its market-led approach, it encourages international collaborative research and innovation projects that will be rapidly commercialised.

Click here to find out more.

APC 12: Advancing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability

Competition closes: 06.03.19 at 12:00pm.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30 million, 3 times a year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production projects and must be match funded. In this round APC is investing £20 million. APC 12 is looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities and associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles. They also welcome projects which demonstrate a significant change in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, compared to best in class. This can include technologies such as motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems.

Click here to find out more.

Paint the Future - The AkzoNobel Start-up Challenge

Submissions close: 01.03.19.

AkzoNobel’s Start-up Challenge is inviting you to partner with them to accelerate innovation in paints and coatings. There are five challenge themes:

  • Smart Application – How could your solution change or improve the way customers apply AkzoNobel’s products?
  • Circular Solutions – How would your solution enable circular use of materials at any point in AkzoNobel’s value chain?
  • Enhanced Functionality – What exciting new functionality can your technology offer to make coatings cleaner, more responsive or adaptive?
  • Life Science Infusion – How can your solution, containing bio-active technology, help bring better performance or innovative features to AkzoNobel’s coatings?
  • Predictable Performance – How can we collect and augment data more innovatively to make predictions for real world surface performance more accurate?

Click here to find out more.

Nouryon's Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation program

Closing date: 08.03.19.

The Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation program provides SMEs with an opportunity to work as equal partners with Nouryon. The 2019 challenge include: Performance-boosting nano particles; Sensing in demanding environments; From plastic waste to valuable feedstock; Sustainable bio-based surfactants for everyone; Pushing the frontiers of sustainable innovation.

Click here to find out more.

Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution

Competition closes: 13.03.19 at 12:00pm.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. This is an investment accelerator competition providing simultaneous grant funding and private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures for early stage projects led by UK companies. The grant funding is provided by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Up to £1 million of grant funding and £1 million of private investment is available to support business-led innovation. This is to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Projects related to compostable or biodegradable approaches and chemical recycling are in scope.

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Closing date: 20.03.19

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)  links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration – between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate – to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

Click here to find out more.

Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest

Competition opens: 25.02.19. Competition closes: 20.03.19 at 12:00pm

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with companies that have analysis or measurement problems. Your application must describe the problem and estimate the value to your company of solving it.

KTN is hosting Analysis for Innovators (A4I) roadshow events throughout February 2019.  A competition briefing event will be held in London on 27th February.

This is an expression of interest (EoI) competition.

Click here to find out more.

CEFIC-LRI Award 2019

Applications close: 24.03.19.

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), in conjunction with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the Association of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX), and the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES), is offering a €100.000 award to support promising new research in the field of environmental toxicology.

The topic of the Cefic-LRI Innovative Science Award 2019 is “Non-extractable residues (NERs) or strongly absorbed substances in environmental risk assessment.”

Click here to find out more.

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: feasibility and primer awards

Competition closes: 03.04.19 at 12:00pm.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge. The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

Click here to find out more.

Biomedical Catalyst 2019 round 1: early and late stage awards

Competition closes: 03.04.19 at 12:00pm.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of a scientific idea to solve a healthcare challenge. The aim of the Biomedical Catalyst is to support the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. These can include (but are not limited to):

  • disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
  • earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease, leading to better patient outcomes
  • tailored treatments that either change the underlying disease or offer potential cures

Click here to find out more.

Storage at Scale competition

Deadline to register interest: 17.04.19. Deadline to submit proposals: 26.04.19.

This competition is looking for innovative, replicable solutions which could provide a market competitive alternative to conventional commercial large scale energy storage technologies, for example pumped-hydro or batteries (such as lithium ion, lead acid or sodium-sulphur). A range of electrical energy storage technologies are within scope, with a target minimum output power of 30 MW or minimum capacity of 50 MWh. Power-to-X technologies (e.g. power-to-gas) with a target minimum input power of 5 MW are also in scope.

Up to £20 million will be available from 2019 to 2021. The competition will support up to 3 demonstration projects. Projects should be at a technology readiness level of 6 or above.

Click here to find out more.

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) call

Call closes: 23.04.19 at 17:00 Brussels time.

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) has announced an €80.8 million call for developing research and demonstration projects in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) technologies. Addressing the sectoral integration aspect through ‘Hydrogen Valleys’ is a priority for this year’s call.

Click here to find out more.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: February 2019

Competition opens: 18.02.19. Competition closes: 24.04.19 at 12:00pm.

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Click here to find out more.

Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) - Call 17

Stage 1 submission deadline: 25.04.19 (17:00:00 Brussels time)

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).  The total budget of this Call is over EUR 80 million.

Topic 1: Optimising future obesity treatment
Topic 2: Open access chemogenomics library and chemical probes for the druggable genome
Topic 3: Intelligent prediction and identification of environmental risks posed by human medicinal products

Click here to find out more.

The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

Submission deadline: 30.04.19.

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) is competition designed to help identify new energy efficient technologies and accelerate their deployment in UK industry. The IEEA is designed to support partnerships between developers of energy efficient technologies and industrial companies willing to test technologies on-site. The programme is open to projects from all UK industry sectors that can demonstrate either a novel technology (targeting Technology Readiness Level 5-8), or the use of an established technology in a novel way.

The Carbon Trust is offering an application support service to all applicants; it is encouraged that you apply early to receive the full benefit of this service.

Click here to find out more.

KET4CleanProduction Micro Grants

Cut off dates for evaluations: 31.07.19, 31.10.19, 31.01.20, 30.04.20.

European project KET4CleanProduction is offering micro grants for projects in Key Enabling Technologies (KET) including micro- and nano-electronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies. You will need to team up with at least two KET technology centres to work on your project. Projects can get up to 50,000 euros in funding. The grant should cover 70% of the total project costs while you cover the remaining 30%.

Click here to find out more.

STFC Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation that funds and operates a number of large science facilities offering research and development access to commercial users. Through these facilities, and their expert staff, they can provide access to advanced experimental and computational tools to address challenges in all aspects of the chemicals supply chain. Their £8 million Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme is specifically designed to help companies overcome difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issues by providing access to advanced analytical technologies, supporting expertise and capabilities through STFC’s large scale science facilities located around the UK.

Click here to find out more.

HSBC SME Loan Fund

HSBC UK has announced a £12 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Fund includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support. The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.

Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s multi-billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The UK government has issued some documents to clarify the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 if there is no Brexit deal.

Currently open calls of relevance to the chemicals sector include:

Industrial Sustainability – The purpose of this call is to further strengthen the global leadership of Europe’s industry in environmental sustainability, through a combination of mature and disruptive technologies. Various deadlines in early 2019. Click here to find out more.

Refurbishment and re-manufacturing of large industrial equipment (IA) – Demonstration projects to establish the feasibility of lifetime extension of large industrial equipment of the kind used in manufacturing, including modernisation of equipment for data collection and interfaces. Deadline: 21.02.19.  Click here to find out more.

Horizon Prize – Low Carbon Energy Inducement Prizes 2016 – CO2 Reuse – The objective of this prize is to enhance the CO2 emission reduction of utilisation products so they make a genuine contribution to the EU’s targets. Deadline: 03.04.19. Click here to find out more.

Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Green Vehicles – Includes advances in electric batteries (production of elementary cells and pack assembly). Deadline: 24.04.19. Click here to find out more.

Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Next Generation Batteries –  Electric batteries are currently seen as important technological enablers to drive the transition towards a de-carbonised society. For a successful mass introduction of electrified mobility and renewable and clean energy systems with market competitive performances and – in the case of electric vehicles – fast charging capability, substantial improvements of the electric battery technologies are required. Deadline: 25.04.19. Click here to find out more.

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Innovative Batteries for eVehicles – The challenge is to develop a safe and sustainable battery for electric-vehicles through the development of new materials and chemistries making use of abundant, sustainable low cost materials, which are easily available in Europe. Deadline: 17.12.20. Click here to find out more.

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis’  – The challenge is to build a fully functional, bench-scale prototype of an artificial photosynthesis based system. Deadline: 03.02.21. Click here to find out more.

Fast Track to Innovation – aims to accelerate the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding through an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe. Various deadlines throughout 2019. Click here to find out more.