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Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up

Posted on 11/01/2019

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.

DIATOMIC Second Open Call

Competition Closes: 31.01.19

Through the second DIATOMIC Open Call, up to €200,000 equity-free funding is available per application experiment, along with tailored tech and business support. DIATOMIC is an exclusive network of Digital Innovation Hubs with the aim of bringing new microelectronics-enabled products, processes, and business models to life. Total funding available: €1,610,000

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DASA: Integrating Advanced Materials onto Military Platforms

Competition Closes: 01.02.2019

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 Phase Two


Registration closes: 21.01.2019; Competition Closes: 04.02.2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched phase two of the three-phase Industrial Fuel Switching competition. The government’s Clean Growth Strategy highlights the need for industry to begin to switch from fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels such as biomass, hydrogen and clean electricity. Phase 2 of the Industrial Fuel Switching competition is now open to applications and will fund up to £300k for feasibility studies looking into developing technologies (TRL 4-7) to enable the use of a low-carbon fuel for a particular industrial process or across an entire site.

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Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution

This investment accelerator competition provides £1 million grant funding from Innovate UK and £1 million private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures for early stage projects. The competition is open to single UK small and micro companies who are looking for grant funding and who want to establish an equity relationship with Sky Ocean Ventures. The aim of this competition is to support new scientific or technological innovation to reduce plastics waste and deliver a more circular economy approach to plastic use (including for polymer-based textiles and elastomers). Total funding available: £2 million

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Eureka Eurostars 2: Round 11

This competition is aimed at 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. Funding available: Up to €360,000

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

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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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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UK-Israel Open Collaborative Competition 2018

Registration closes: 27.02.19

This is a UK and Israel joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework, supporting collaborative, business led research and development projects which should result in a new product. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk, and target large global markets. Proposals are welcomed from any technological or market area. UK project total eligible costs are expected to be between £200,000 and £250,000 and last up to 24 months. Up to £1 million funding available.

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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.