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ISCF Transforming foundation industries: Building a resilient recovery

Opens:
3/8/2020
Closes:
4/11/2020
Sectors:
All
Energy
Manufacturing & Materials
Project Size:
TBC

Summary

Funding to catalyse innovation to support fast recovery and growth from Covid-19 through innovations that improve productivity and sustainability of the UK’s foundation industries.


Your proposal must help the UK’s foundation industries remain globally competitive and become more environmentally sustainable.


Your proposal must focus on resource or energy efficiency opportunities through the development of:

  • Long-term viability of domestic supply chains
  • New markets
  • New business models
  • New products and services
  • New processes


Eligibility

Your project must:

  • Have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £1million
  • Last between 3 and 12 months
  • Start by 1 April 2021


To lead a project your UK registered organisation:

  • Must be either a business of any size or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Must carry out its project work in the UK
  • Must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone. Research and technology organisations cannot work alone.


Subcontractors are allowed in this competition and must be selected through a participant’s normal procurement process. Subcontractors can be from anywhere in the UK.


Scope

The aim of this competition is to support an innovation-led recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and to protect the UK’s foundation industries innovation capability. Aligned with the objectives of the ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge, projects will have to demonstrate how they address resource or energy efficiency of foundation industries and support resilience and sustainability of the sector and its supply chains.


Projects can include techno-economic assessment of new products, services and business models.


Projects must:

  • Help the UK’s foundation industries remain globally competitive and become more environmentally sustainable
  • Indicate how the innovation helps meet the needs of business and/or industry as it emerges from Covid-19 pandemic and aids rapid recovery
  • Demonstrate that the business has the capability to deliver the project


Projects must focus on resource or energy efficiency in the foundation industries and can focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Establish long-term viability of domestic supply chains
  • New markets
  • New business models
  • New products and services
  • New processes


Innovate UK will fund feasibility studies and industrial research projects.


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