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Transforming foundation industries: fast start projects

5 November 2019


Search is on for projects to improve the resource and energy efficiency of foundation industries

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects for the foundation industries. These include cement, ceramics, bulk chemicals, paper, glass and metals.

As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), the competition will support cross-sector, collaborative, fast start, short duration, industrial research and development (R&D) projects. Its aim is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities.

The projects can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including:

  • feedstock inputs
  • production
  • material product development

They can also include techno-economic assessment of new products, services and business models. Innovate UK are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of sectors, technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories.

Find out more about the competition and how to apply.

Briefing event in Northern Ireland
Stakeholders from industry and research organisations are invited to attend the competition briefing event to:

  • learn more about the funding scope and eligibility
  • find which innovation support is available to your organisations
  • network with potential partners
  • pitch your project idea

The event will take place on Thursday 21 November 2019 at the NIACE Centre, 5 Airport Road, Belfast BT3 9EF.

Register now to attend the competition briefing event.