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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 10th Jan 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.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period: Open date: 12.12.19 (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.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – winter 2019/spring 2020

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.

These opened on 12th December 2019 for the first round of MTKPs, closing 19th February 2020.

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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 Eurostars 2: round 13

Registration closes: 06 Feb 2020, 12:00
Final date for applications: 13 Feb 2020, 12:00
Eurostars will award up to 360,000 euros funding for each UK project partner or 60% of eligible project costs, whichever is the least.

This competition is aimed at micro, 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.

Projects must be led by a research-performing SME.

Click here for more details.

ISCF transforming foundation industries: fast start projects

Competition closes: 05.02.20

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects for the foundation industries. These will be cross-sector, collaborative, fast start, short duration, industrial research and development (R&D) projects.

The aim of this competition is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities. Your project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including feedstock inputs, production, material product development. Your consortium must include at least 2 businesses representing at least 2 sectors in the foundation industries (cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals and bulk chemicals).

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SBRI: DASA A Joint Effort, Phase 2

This Defence and Security Accelerator competition continues to seek innovations that will accelerate the integration of advanced materials onto military platforms. These materials may be monolithic, composite or functionally graded depending on the application. They may have been manufactured using conventional or advanced manufacture techniques, including additive manufacture.

Developments of particular interest for this competition include:

  • enabling new material combinations
  • novel approaches to the integration of advanced or novel materials
  • increasing durability of joints in military operating conditions
  • joints that allow easier modification/replacement of components or sub-systems on a platform
  • health and usage monitoring of joints

Competition Challenges

Like Phase 1, Phase 2 intends to fund proof-of-concepts that address one or more of the challenges outlined below but to a higher level of maturity. Key requirements that apply across all the challenges for creating and managing joints on military platforms are:

  • creating effective joints in real-world conditions (for example with surface contamination or repairing damaged material)
  • developing techniques that are cost effective (whether this is by reducing manufacturing costs or via through-life savings)
  • considering the fire, smoke and toxicity performance of materials and interfaces
  • developing joining approaches that are light weight compared to current methods

For more details, click here. Applications close on 31st January 2020.

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.

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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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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP)

Competition opens: 12.12.19; competition closes: 19.02.20

Effective management can be the difference between thriving companies and failing companies. That is why Innovate UK has introduced a new programme designed to inject significant management expertise that expands business capability, increases efficiency and enables lasting change and growth.

The initiative is called a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP), and it runs alongside our highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme which has been helping companies innovate for growth for over 40 years. The difference with a MKTP is that companies are linked with one of the UK’s world class Business Schools in a partnership focused on a management-based project. Talk to one of our specialist Knowledge Transfer Advisers if you think a MTKP could help drive your company’s growth.

A webinar explaining more about MKTP and how to apply will run on Tuesday 29th October, 10-11am. You can register for your free place here.

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.

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ISCF: Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging

Competition closes: 19.02.20

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.

SCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: feasibility studies for demonstrators

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £700,000 to develop proposals for practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

Innovate UK are funding feasibility studies for demonstrators, which will create a proposal to enter into a later, invitation-only demonstrator projects competition. This competition is to help applicants develop proposals for later rounds under this programme.

 

Read more about the feasibility studies SSPP competition

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: demonstrator projects, round 1

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million for practical demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. This competition aims to invest in up to 3 practical demonstrators. These are for projects that are ready to start work.

 

Read more about the Demonstrator Projects SSPP competition

 

Feasibility studies and industrial research: UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million for early-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. This competition opens on 13th January and closes on 1st April 2020. Read more

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.

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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

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.