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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: 15th November 2018

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:

Hydrogen Supply Competition – aims to accelerate the development of a low carbon bulk hydrogen supply solutions for industry, power, buildings and transport. Registration deadline: 21.11.18. Application deadline: 05.12.18.

CCUS Innovation – £15 million call for CCUS Innovation to offer grant funding for innovation projects that lead to a significant reduction in the cost of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide; and/or a quicker, more widespread deployment of CCUS in the UK and internationally.

Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) Demonstration – to design and construct carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) demonstration projects. Phase 2 application deadline: 16.11.18.

ERA-NET Cofund: Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT) 2nd Call – ACT is an international initiative to facilitate RD&D and innovation within CO2 capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). An ACT call without fixed dates for submitting proposals and the ambition to attract applications with higher industrial involvement is to be published by the ACT consortium in October/November 2018. BEIS has confirmed its interest in participating in this call.

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

Energy Catalyst Round 6: Transforming Energy Access

Registration closes: 14.11.18 at 12:00. Competition closes 21.11.18 at 12:00.

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £10 million in innovation projects. These must encourage technology that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low cost and low carbon energy. £3 million of the funding is set aside for bioenergy projects.

Click here to find out more.

Innovation loans: September 2018 open competition

Registration closes: 14.11.18 at 12:00. Competition closes: 21.11.18 at 12:00.

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Your proposal can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and any part of the economy.

You can watch the webcast recording of the competition briefing here.

Click here to find out more.

Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation Feasibility Studies, round 3

Competition closes: 12.12.18 at 12:00.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for feasibility studies focused on de-risking the scale up of battery development technology. This funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The funding is split into 2 competitions running in parallel, with up to £23 million for industrial research and experimental development projects, and up to £2 million for feasibility studies. Projects must focus on the technical or commercial challenges in battery innovation, development and manufacture through UK supply chains.

Click here to find out more.

Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation R&D, round 3

Competition closes: 12.12.18 at 12:00.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £23 million for R&D projects focused on de-risking the scale up of battery development technology. This funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.  The funding is split into 2 competitions running in parallel, with up to £23 million for industrial research and experimental development projects, and up to £2 million for feasibility studies. Projects must focus on the technical or commercial challenges in battery innovation, development and manufacture through UK supply chains.

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Open date: 01.11.18. Closing date: 12.12.18
Open date: 13.12.18 – Closing date: 06.02.19
Open date: 07.02.19 – 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.

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.

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.

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 €77 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.

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.

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