Chemicals funding round-up
Posted on 28/10/2019
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.
Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019
Competition closes: 08.01.2020 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 £25 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.
The current round of Smart Grants opened on 17th October 2019 and will close on 8th January 2020. Read more here.
Carbon Recycling: CCnet Business Interaction Vouchers
BBSRC NIBB Business Interaction Vouchers (up to £10K, 100% costed) will be used to encourage and support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the CCnet framework. They will be awarded to undertake a defined piece of work by the academic partner for the industrial partner. The industrial partner will be expected to at least match the value of the awarded voucher, either through a cash or in-kind contribution.
Driving the electric revolution: building regional centres of excellence
Registration closes: 27.11.19
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £30 million in a single project to create a network of regional centres. The centres will be used by industry and researchers for the development and scale up of power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) technologies. The funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).
The aim of this competition is to provide funding to establish the centres, building on existing capabilities and expertise where it already exists. The centres will support the industrialisation of PEMD technologies to help accelerate the growth of the UK’s supply chains for PEMD.
Decarbonising the UK's Industry
Competitions close: 04.12.19
Competition 1: Deployment
UK businesses will have the opportunity to apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop plans for decarbonising an industrial cluster. Successful applicants from phase 1 will then compete for phase 2, where up to £131 million will be awarded for projects that will deliver, or support delivery of, significant emissions reductions in a UK industrial cluster by 2030.
Competition 2: Roadmaps
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million to prepare plans for their journey to achieving low carbon and net zero industrial clusters. In phase 2 up to £8 million will be awarded for the development of industrial cluster decarbonisation roadmaps for major UK industrial clusters. These must set out how a cluster could be decarbonised to net-zero levels.
UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres & Coordinator
Following on from the UKRI Circular Economy workshops in June 2019, UKRI has now made £22.5m available to support five Circular Economy Centres for up to four years (at 80% FEC).
Closing date: 05.12.19
Applications are also open for the post of Coordinator for the hubs: this can be done by one full-time applicant, but is also open to academics that job share, have a part time contract or those currently committed to other large existing grant.
Closing date: 19.11.19
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
The KTP programme 2019 to 2020 is run continuously throughout the year.
Registration opens: 03.10.19. Closing date: 11.12.19.
Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 05.02.20.
Registration opens: 06.02.20. Closing date: 01.04.20.
A 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.
Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – winter 2019/spring 2020
Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.
These will open on 12th December 2019 for the first round of MTKPs, closing 19th February 2020.
DASA Advanced Vision for 2020 and Beyond
Competition closes: 13.12.19
This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) call aims to develop and demonstrate a number of novel technologies or applications in the area of Electro-Optic and Infrared (EOIR) sensors to address the future needs of defence and security for highly capable and affordable sensors for surveillance, target acquisition and threat detection.
ISCF Future food production systems
Competition closes: 22.01.20
Apply for a share of up to £20 million to transform food production systems, improve productivity and sustainability, and help the industry move towards net zero emissions by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
ISCF transforming foundation industries: fast start projects
Competition closes: 05.02.20
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).
KTN will be running a series a briefing events on this competition in November – find out more here.
Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP)
Competition opens: 12.12.19; competition closes: 19.02.20
Effective management can be the difference between thriving companies and failing companies. That is why Innovate UK has introduced a new programme designed to inject significant management expertise that expands business capability, increases efficiency and enables lasting change and growth.
The initiative is called a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP), and it runs alongside our highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme which has been helping companies innovate for growth for over 40 years. The difference with a MKTP is that companies are linked with one of the UK’s world class Business Schools in a partnership focused on a management-based project. Talk to one of our specialist Knowledge Transfer Advisers if you think a MTKP could help drive your company’s growth.
A webinar explaining more about MKTP and how to apply will run on Tuesday 29th October, 10-11am. You can register for your free place here.
KET4CleanProduction Micro Grants
Cut off dates for evaluations: 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.
Innovation loans: September-November 2019 open competition
Closing date: 27.11.19
Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are 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.
Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.
Application of whole genome sequencing approaches to cancer
Competition closes: 22.01.20
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5.4 million. This is for innovation projects that use whole genome sequencing to analyse cancers. This competition is funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim is to encourage the development of new approaches to targeted therapy based on the molecular signatures of cancers. Your project can develop new analytical methods or validate new targets using new and existing genomic data from cancers.
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.
Circular Economy Fund (WRAP Cymru)
This £6.5m fund will offer grants to businesses of any size seeking capital investment funding to increase their use of recycled materials in manufactured products, components or packaging. WRAP Cymru will administer the fund on behalf of the Welsh Government.
Click here to find out more.
ISCF: Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging
Part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Wave 3, this Challenge will develop a new generation of advanced and sustainable plastic packaging to reduce single-use plastics, increase recyclability and the amount of plastic packaging that is recycled and ultimately reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the environment. Government is prepared to invest up to £60 million in this Challenge from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, with additional funding of up to £149 million from industry. The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge aims to establish the UK as a leading innovator in sustainable plastic packaging for consumer products, delivering cleaner growth across the supply chain, with a dramatic reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2025.
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.
Industrial Biotechnology for Improving Production of Higher Value Chemicals
BBSRC is pleased to announce up to £2M for a funding call in Industrial Biotechnology for Improving Production of Higher Value Chemicals. The funding will support short collaborative projects of between 12 to 24 months with a value up to £250K and will support research to address challenges in applying bioprocesses for improving the production of higher value chemicals. The aims of the funding call are to accelerate the de-risking of IB processes and help bridge the gap to larger-scale projects and further public or private investment. The multidisciplinary and collaborative projects will enable the translation of research into industrial processes supporting the development of post-proof of concept research progressing it towards technology readiness levels (TRLs) 3, 4 and 5.
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.
KTN has a range of training videos for UK companies in how to write a successful project proposal for European funding.
UK businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
Currently open calls include:
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.
Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 1 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 04.11.20. Click here to find out more.
Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 2 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 07.10.20. 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.