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Transforming foundation industries: apply for a fast start project

Thursday October 31st, 2019

UK businesses can apply for a share of £5 million for fast start projects to improve the resource and energy efficiency of foundation industries.The outlook

The aim of this competition is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities.
Foundation industries are:
cement
paper
glass
ceramics
metals
bulk chemicals
We will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the sectors’ companies and supply chains, and encourage companies to stay in the UK.
Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects for the foundation industries through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Project details
These will be cross-sector, collaborative, fast start, short duration, industrial research and development (R&D) projects.
Your project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including:
feedstock inputs
production
material product development
Your project must not focus on fuel switching or technologies for the capture of emissions, such as carbon capture and storage.
Eligibility
Your project must:
have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £500,000
be collaborative
be led by a UK registered business of any size, or a research and technology organisation
include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
include at least 2 businesses, of any size, from at least 2 foundation industry sectors
last between 3 and 12 months
be ready to start in July 2020

You do not need to be in the foundation industries to lead the consortium.
Competition timeline
The competition is open for applications and closes on 5 February 2020 at midday.
There are briefing events for potential applicants:
14 November 2019: London
20 November 2019: Wales
21 November 2019: Northern Ireland
22 November 2019: Online
27 November 2019: Scotland

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