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Project Size:
£3 million

Overview: The Decarbonising Concrete competition, funded by Innovate UK under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), offers a chance for organisations to compete for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT. The focus is on developing solutions to accelerate the decarbonisation of concrete, facilitating faster commercial adoption of lower carbon concrete.

Key Dates:

  • Opens: Monday, 8 January 2024
  • Closes: Monday, 4 March 2024 at 11:00 AM

Objectives: The competition seeks to:

  • Demonstrate market demand for lower carbon concrete.
  • Commercially de-risk innovations.
  • Encourage investment in the sector.
  • Accelerate the adoption of these new technologies.

Project Scope and Requirements:

  • Projects can have total costs up to £500,000.
  • Proposals should address technical uncertainties in innovative concrete, including production, supply chain, or use.
  • Focus areas include alternatives to Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC), efficiency improvements in production, recycling of cement, and new construction techniques utilising innovative concretes.
  • Real-world demonstration or an equivalent approach to accelerate commercial adoption is essential.
  • Proposals must include plans for commercialisation and a credible route to market.

Collaboration with Concrete Commitment Cohort (CCC):

  • Projects will be informed by the CCC, which comprises various industry leaders.
  • Participants may use demonstration sites offered by CCC or choose technically relevant sites.


  • Projects using fresh fly ash or GGBS as principal materials, focusing solely on additives, or not original in scope will not be funded.

Portfolio Approach:

  • The competition aims to fund a diverse range of projects across various markets and technology maturities.

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