Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up
Posted on 22/03/2019
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.
Royce Accelerator Tokens
Competition Closes: 31.03.19
Royce Accelerator Tokens provide funding for UK SMEs to solve an existing materials challenge. Accelerator Tokens are awarded to support SMEs, reduce the cost barrier of exploratory projects, and help to grow confidence for future collaborations. Once awarded, Tokens can be redeemed at any Royce Partner for equipment access, technical support and relevant consultancy services. Apply for seedcorn funding of up to £10,000.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
Competition Closes: 24.04.19 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.
BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator – £9.2m
Closing date: 30/04/19.
This is the second round of the programme. The IEEA competition will fund the deployment of energy efficient technologies (or processes) applied to existing industrial processes which deliver energy and carbon savings. Total funding available: £9.2m.
UK and Canada: enhancing industrial productivity
Registration closes: 02.05.19 at 12:00pm
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets with Canadian partners. The UK and Canada are running a joint grant funding competition under the EUREKA framework. This will support collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets.
They welcome proposals from advanced manufacturing businesses, food and drink processers, and automation and artificial intelligence (AI) innovators, including those applying ‘AI for design’ techniques.
IoT 4 Industry: Call for Expression of Interest II - Open Call
Competition Closes: 05.05.19
IoT4Industry is a 30 months project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components. The IoTIndustry project will provide support services (matchmaking and project design) and funding to develop such collaborative projects. The funding will be allocated through 2 calls for projects, and the support services will be provided by the consortium partners through this call for expression of Interest.
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
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.
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
Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Open date: 07.02.19 – Closing date: 03.04.19
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Basics Fund
The Business Basics Fund, a series of open competitions, supports projects that test methods of encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to boost their productivity through ways of working and technology. Under the second round of the Business Basics Fund, for which a total of up to £2 million is available, 2 types of project are being funded: trials and proof of concept.
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.