By using our website you accept our cookies policy.Find out more

Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up

Posted on 10/01/2020

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Manufacturing and Materials sectors. Last updated 12th Mar 2020.

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.

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. The competition runs until April 2021, with applications being assessed as they come in.

Read more

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period opened on 5th March, and closes on 6th May 2020 (after this the next round will be available immediately, 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.

Read more


Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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.

The first round of these has now closed – visit to be kept informed about future MKTPs.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Competition Closes: 22.04.2020

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused. 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.

Read more here.


EUREKA: Multilateral call for projects: Advanced materials

Participants are invited to submit applied research and innovation project proposals in the field of advanced materials applied to the following thematic domains.

(1) Semiconductors and Display

(2) Secondary Batteries and Sensor Technology, including

Energy Storage
(3) Carbon Industry and Chemistry, including

Lightweight Materials, Composites and Recycle of Plastics
Nano Materials and Plastic materials
(4) Machinery, Robots, and Metal Industry

Within Eureka, the call is based on mutual consent between the participating countries’ funding bodies:

South Korea (KIAT)
Austria (FFG)
Flanders (VLAIO)
Wallonia (SPW Research)
Canada (NRC IRAP)
Czech Republic (MEYS)
Denmark (IFD)
Germany (BMBF)
Hungary (NRDI Office)
Luxembourg (Ministry of Economy)
Malta (Malta Enterprise)
Spain (CDTI)
United Kingdom (Innovate UK)
Turkey (Tubitak)
Time Schedule
Opening of the Call: Jan 2020

Consortia building and Matchmaking: Korea Eureka Day (May 26th-27th 2020)

Deadline for Eureka application: 30th June 2020 (CET 18:00)

Communication of evaluation results: 23rd October 2020

Signature of the Consortia Agreements & Project Start: December 2020

Read more

Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing

Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing is a £5.1M project to support the implementation of product and process development, and the introduction of technology to the SME manufacturing sector, in the NE LEP area. The project is part funded by ERDF (£2.6M) and the University of Sunderland, who are investing £2.5M and managing the delivery of this project.

Read more

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.

Read 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 (applications assessed quarterly, running until at least March 2020)

Made Smarter North West pilot

The newly-launched Made Smarter programme is designed to support manufacturers, engineers, makers and creators with facilities or operations in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region to grow through adoption of new technologies. The Made Smarter pilot can help you understand which new industrial technology application is right for your operations and help you to develop a strategy for implementation that fits in with your core business needs.

Read 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.

Your project must aim to:

  • help make the plastics packaging supply chain more circular
  • deliver the targets of the UK Plastics Pact
  • improve on current state-of-the-art plastic packaging, while still demonstrating practical and close-to-market solutions

Projects are welcomed across the following areas: materials; design; technology or process; business model or behaviour change. Your project must showcase close-to-market solutions that go beyond the current state-of-the-art and deliver a more circular economy for plastic packaging.


Enabling Research in Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging

Competition Closes: 01.04.20

it aims to promote academic research that can support the aims of the overall SSPP challenge, welcoming significant industry participation and co-investment.  You can find out more about this challenge here.


ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies and industrial research

Competition Closes: 01.04.20

This competition is for early-stage business led projects, requiring academics and businesses to submit detailed information on the ways a new project would fulfil the aims of the SSPP challenge. In particular, applicants will have to demonstrate that they have adopted a lifecycle approach to plastics packaging, examining the use of a material from its raw state, through to its transport, usage by consumers to end of life.  Find out more about this competition here.

RISPO International Collaboration Call

Competition closes: 30th May 2020

The Managing Agency of the Endowment Fund for Education (recently known as LPDP) has recently launched the RISPRO International Collaboration (RISPRO-KI). The objective of the scheme is mainly to accelerate the national invention through international research collaboration. The transformation of collaboration outcome from “Co-authorship to Co-invention” becomes a target of this scheme.

The Indonesian Science Fund (known as DIPI) has recently been appointed as RISPRO’s delivery partner who has been responsible for the RISPRO-KI grant management which is a call for the proposal process, selection process, monitoring and evaluation. Based on this assignment, DIPI together with LPDP launched the 2020 RISPRO International Collaboration Call.

The call aims to provide grants for research in the following focus areas:

  • Health
  • Advance material or nanotechnology, and
  • Maritime

Read more

KET4 Micro Grants

Call closes: 30th June 2020

Micro Grants are offered for transnational cooperation projects between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and minimum 2 KET technology centres (KET TCs), which aim to integrate key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges. Focus is on upgrading production processes.

Expected duration of a micro grant project: up to 6 months
Total EU funding available for third parties: EUR 2.000.000
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: EUR 50.000 (provided as lump sum).

Read more

Horizon 2020 Projects

Scottish Enterprise: Research and development (R&D) grants

If your company is looking to research and develop a new product, process or service – or significantly improve an existing one – Scottish Enterprise R&D grants can offer a range of support for your project. Your project must be new and innovative – something that your company hasn’t done before. It could be something you’re working on independently or with a commercial partner, or you could be carrying out technical work as part of a collaboration.

Read more

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

Read More (applications ongoing, 30 day turnaround, projects can run until June 2023)

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.