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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.

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. Deadline 11.11.18.

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.

Metasurfaces for Defence and Security

Competition closes: 28.09.18 at 12:00.

This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) challenge led competition seeks proposals for innovative technologies that translate recent breakthroughs in metasurface science into practical demonstrative products.

Click here to find out more.

APC 11: Advancing the UK’s Low Carbon Automotive Capability

Competition closes: 03.10.18 at 12:00.

For this £20 million competition, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is particularly looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities and supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles. This can include technologies such as motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems. These projects must help make those capabilities a permanent part of the UK supply chain.

Click here to find out more.

Women in Innovation Awards 2018

Competition closes: 03.10.18 at 12:00.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is looking for women who are rising stars in business innovation and who, with the support of an award, are likely to make a significant impact towards one of the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges: AI and Data, Healthy Ageing, Clean Growth, Future of Mobility. A total of 8 awards will be offered, two awards in each of the four Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge areas. The winners will each receive a £50k grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

Click here to find out more.

Biomedical Catalyst 2018 Round 2: Primer Award

Registration Closes: 03.10.18 at 12:00.

The Biomedical Catalyst supports the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes. The primer award supports a technical evaluation of your idea through to proof of concept in a model system.

Click here to find out more.

Biomedical Catalyst 2018 Round 2: Late Stage Award

Registration Closes: 03.10.18 at 12:00.

The Biomedical Catalyst late stage award supports projects which test a well-developed concept. It should show its effectiveness in an environment that is relevant to the use of the product or process. Projects are expected to range in size from £200,000 to £4 million (total project costs). Projects should last 12 to 36 months and must start before 1 July 2019.

Click here to find out more.

Domestic Hydrogen Appliance Development Innovation SBRI Competition

Registration closes: 05.10.18.

This SBRI competition focuses on the development of domestic hydrogen appliances to demonstrate the safe use of hydrogen as a fuel in providing domestic heating, hot water and cooking requirements. It aims to provide critical evidence of end use application, safety, in-use emissions, and functionality.

Click here to find out more.

Energy Catalyst Round 6: Transforming Energy Access

Registration closes: 14.11.18 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.

Open grant funding competition: round 3

Competition opens: 24.09.18. Competition closes: 14.11.18 at 12:00.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in the best cutting-edge 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, science or engineering, including arts, design, media or creative industries, and be applied to any part of the economy.

Click here to find out more.

Innovation loans: September 2018 open competition

Competition opens: 17.09.18. 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.

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.

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:

New and innovative agents to address Antimicrobial Resistance – H2020 has put out seven calls for proposals to encourage collaborations between European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations companies, SMEs and/or academics to advance the research and development pipeline of new and innovative agents to address AMR. Deadline: 24.10.18. Click here to find out more.

Fast Track to Innovation – Accelerating the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding in an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas. Various deadlines until 2020. Click here to find out more.

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.

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