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Chemicals funding round-up

Posted on 28/10/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the chemical sector. Last updated 3rd Jan 2020.

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: October 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.

There will be a further round of Smart Grants following this one, opening 09.01.20 with a closing date of 22.04.20. Click here for details.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The KTP programme 2019 to 2020 is run continuously throughout the year.

Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 05.02.20.
Registration opens: 06.02.20. Closing date: 01.04.20.

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.

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Eureka Eurostars 2: round 13

Registration closes: 06 Feb 2020, 12:00
Final date for applications: 13 Feb 2020, 12:00
Eurostars will award up to 360,000 euros funding for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is the least.

This competition is aimed at micro, 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.

Eurostars supports SMEs in leading international collaborative research and innovation projects by helping them get access to guidance and funding.

A Eurostars project must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service.

Projects must be led by a research-performing SME.

Click here for more details.

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.

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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 of briefing events on this competition in November – find out more here.

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ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies/demonstrators

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £36 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme to demonstrate solutions that create a more circular economy for plastic packaging. This funding will be provided in 3 rounds. Your project must also include significant industry investment.

Your project must deliver on the following SSPP Challenge objectives:

Unlock a significant overall increase in research and innovation (R&I) spend (government and industry).
Deliver R&I to support more sustainable plastic packaging in line with the UK Plastics Pact targets.
Increase UK plastic packaging supply chain collaboration.

You must explain how you are innovating to contribute to the UK meeting one or more of the UK Plastics Pact targets:

100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
70% of plastic packaging recycled or composted.
30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
Take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models.

Your proposal must take a systems perspective, use a lifecycle approach and consider the environment impacts.

 

Two competitions are being run, both with a closing date of 19th Feb 2020:

 

Feasibility studies – project costs £25k-£50k, click here for details.

 

Practical demonstrators – your project’s total eligible costs must be between £2 million and £48 million – click here for details.

Demonstrator projects must showcase close-to-market solutions that go beyond the current state-of-the-art and deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging.

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 was run by KTN in October: view the recording 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.

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

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. The projects can cover one or more of four areas: materials, design, technology or process, business model or behaviour change.

There are two areas currently open for application:

Feasibility studies (£25k-£50k per project): click here for details.

Demonstrator projects (£2m-£48m per project): click here for details.

Both are open as of 9th Dec 2019, and close on 21st Feb 2020.

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.

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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:

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.

Catapult's Air Quality Open Call: Innovating for Clean Air in India

Connected Places Catapult (CPC) invites UK and Indian companies with innovative air quality solutions to apply for the exciting opportunity to demonstrate these in an urban testbed in Bengaluru, India for up to 9 months between March and December 2020. Those selected will have the opportunity to connect with local partners, to demonstrate a measurable impact in a real-life environment, and to refine their approach – all of which will act as a potential springboard for the scaling and commercialisation of UK and Indian clean air innovations. Deadline 05.01.2020. More information here.