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Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up

Posted on 15/05/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Manufacturing and Materials sectors. Last updated 7th May 2019.

To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN have pulled together the latest open relevant funding calls for the manufacturing and materials sectors into one place.  Find out more details about each below, or if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Manufacturing and Materials teams.

SME Leaders Programme - Royal Academy of Engineering

Deadline: 03.06.19

This six-month programme supports individuals in executive roles in high-growth engineering and technology SMEs to develop their leadership skills. Both engineers and non-engineers who work at engineering and technology SMEs based in the UK are welcome to apply. This is a six-month programme, which we run twice a year, designed to prepare you to scale up your company, offering a grant of up to £10,000 to pay for training courses.

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UK and South Korea: joint research and development

Competition closes: 12.06.19

Innovate UK and the Korea Institute for the Advancement of Technology (KIAT) are announcing a £2 million joint funding call for research and development (R&D) projects under the EUREKA programme. 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 and involve a technological risk. Proposals must focus on one or both of the following technology areas: (i) advanced materials for transport (air, land and maritime), with a focus on materials development; (ii) Internet of Things (IoT), with a clearly-identified industrial or sector application.

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Green Alley Award

Competition Closes: 25.06.19

Green Alley Award is an award for startups and entrepreneurs in the circular economy. Their mission is to turn the linear into a circular economy and transform the waste and recycling industry as we know it today. This annual European prize was created in 2014 by Landbell Group, the leading supplier of global environmental services, along with Germany’s crowdfunding pioneer, Seedmatch. €25,000 for the winner.

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EUREKA collaborative R&D: photonics for advanced manufacturing

Closing Date: 15.07.19 at 12:00pm

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2m to fund UK businesses, Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and universities participating in collaborative projects with partners from the participating countries of the EUREKA Network in Photonics. The call addresses collaborative R&D and innovation projects using photonic technologies to improve processes and/or products.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants

Competition Closes: 24.07.19 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.

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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 and opportunities in manufacturing and materials. 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.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Spring/smmer KTPs: Open date: 04.04.19 – Closing date: 29.05.19 (after 29th May the next round will be available, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily)

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.

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Waste Prevention Implementation Fund

Investments funded through the grant must be complete by 31.12.19

It is recognised that while organisations understand the benefits of waste prevention, they often do not take action, lacking the finance and support to make the necessary changes.  This fund has therefore been designed to help organisations overcome these barriers to undertake a particular project with a focus on raw materials savings, carbon savings and the movement of waste material up the waste hierarchy.

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SMEs in the manufacturing sector - Key Enabling Technologies

Competition closes: 29.04.20

Are you an SME working in the manufacturing sector? If you have a project to integrate key enabling technologies (KET – micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies) to solve clean production challenges, this funding opportunity is for you. European project KET4CleanProduction is offering micro grants for projects that would use key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges.

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Industrial Heat Recovery 

Competition Now Open

In addition to the £100m funding from the Industrial Strategy BEIS has also committed a further £18m through their Heat programme to support the manufacturing industries to recover and use their waste heat. The IHRS funds the design and demonstration of heat recovery from the industrial process for reuse on site as heat or power, or donated to a nearby heat network.

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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.

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European Social Innovation Competition

Launched by the European Commission in 2013 in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos; the European Social Innovation Competition is a beacon for social innovation in Europe; utilising a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping society for the better. This competition is awarding three €50,000 prizes for the most innovative projects designed to reduce plastic waste.

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Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund

The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for small and medium sized businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors.  Zero Waste Scotland are investing up to £18 in grant funding for businesses;

  • Exploring markets for new circular economy products
  • Development and adoption of innovative business models for new circular economy products and services
  • Development and uptake of innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy

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KTN’s sector teams are experts in navigating the funding landscape. If you need any guidance regarding the opportunities above or you would like help finding other funding opportunities please contact our Manufacturing and Materials teams.