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Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up

Posted on 08/11/2018

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Manufacturing and Materials sectors.

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.

Industrial Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage Innovation 

Competition deadline: 11.11.18

The innovation programme funds the development of new technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) or carbon capture and utilisation (CCU). The programme is aimed at innovations at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-6 for Industrial research or Experimental development. £15m funding available.

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Open Grant Funding Competition Round 3

Competition Closes: 14.11.18

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.

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Industrial Carbon Capture and Utilisation Demonstration

Deadline for applications: 16.11.18

The ICCU funds the demonstration of low cost, capture of carbon emissions from an industrial process. The emphasis is on reducing the cost of carbon capture technologies but also includes the use of the captured CO2. £20m funding available.

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Innovation Loans

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). 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.

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Hydrogen Supply Demonstration 

Deadline to register your interest: 21.11.18

Deadline to submit proposals: 05.12.18

The Hydrogen Supply programme funds the design and demonstration of low cost, bulk production of hydrogen for power generation, transport and buildings (heating). £20m funding available.

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UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme: EOI

Competition Closes: 21.11.18

The UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. This programme is co-ordinated and managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). This is an expression of interest competition.

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Tackling knife crime – detecting steel-bladed knives

Competition Closes: 21.11.18 at 12:00

DASA has launched a competition seeking innovative technologies and approaches that help to reduce knife crime. DASA is interested in innovative technologies and approaches for the identification of people carrying steel-bladed knives. This is with a view to developing deployable solutions to aid the UK Police and security organisations. Total funding of up to £500k is available in Phase 1 of this competition for research projects of up to 6 months in duration.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Open date: 01.11.18. Closing date: 12.12.18

Open date: 13.12.18 – Closing date: 06.02.19

Open date: 07.02.19 – Closing date: 20.03.19

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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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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UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition

Registration now open to receive further information

Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP), alongside UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), have announced a £1.4 million competition to support the delivery of the Government’s target of achieving zero avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042. The competition forms part of the £20 million Plastic Research and Innovation Fund (PRIF). All applications must be industry-led and should include collaboration with other organisations.

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Waste Prevention Implementation Fund

Call for EoIs ongoing

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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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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DASA: Integrating Advanced Materials onto Military Platforms

A new Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is looking for innovative joining technologies that enable the use of advanced materials and/or designs on military platforms in land, sea and air environments. Phase 1 of the campaign will have £500k available to fund multiple proposals.

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Industrial Fuel Switching Demonstration

Competition opens: Autumn

The IFS funds the development and demonstration of low carbon fuels to provide energy for the industrial process (hydrogen, biomass, renewable electricity etc). £20m funding available.

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The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

Competition open to register interest.

The Carbon Trust has launched the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA), funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The IEEA is a funding programme designed to support partnerships between developers of energy efficient technologies and industrial companies willing to test technologies on-site. The programme is open to projects from all UK industry sectors that can demonstrate either a novel technology (targeting Technology Readiness Level 5-8), or the use of an established technology in a novel way. A total of £9.2m in funding will be available through the programme, primarily for funding demonstration projects.

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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.