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Chemicals funding round-up

Posted on 17/04/2019

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the chemical sector. Last updated 6th September 2019.

KTN’s Chemistry team have compiled a list of some of the latest funding competitions of relevance to the chemicals sector, with the intention of helping you to identify the most appropriate funding programmes to help take your innovations forward.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help finding collaborative partners, or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019

Competition closes: 16.10.19 at 12:00pm.

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. 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.

Click here to find out more.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The KTP programme 2019 to 2020 is run continuously throughout the year.

Registration opens: 25.07.19. Closing date: 02.10.19.
Registration opens: 03.10.19. Closing date: 11.12.19.
Registration opens: 12.12.19. Closing date: 05.02.20.
Registration opens: 06.02.20. Closing date: 01.04.20.

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.

Click here to find out more.

Innovation loans: July-September 2019 open competition

Closing date: 11.09.19

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.

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EUREKA: Singapore open competition

Registration closes: 19.09.19

EUREKA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, announce a Global Stars funding competition for research and development (R&D) projects under the EUREKA programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing £1 million to fund UK businesses leading collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. Projects should result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative and involve a technological risk.

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Enabling integrated diagnostics for early detection

Closes: 25.09.19

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has a programme in data to early diagnosis and precision medicine. The programme is led by Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council (MRC), part of UK Research and Innovation. Innovate UK will invest up to £17 million in the research, development and evaluation of integrated diagnostic solutions. An additional investment of up to £3 million is available for oncology-focused projects from Cancer Research UK.

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Driving the electric revolution: accelerated supply chain development

Registration closes: 25.09.19

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £19 million across 2 strands in innovation projects to support the creation, development and scale up of supply chains in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) in the UK. This is the first competition as part of a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Driving the Electric Revolution.

STRAND 1: The aim is to support the transition towards a low carbon future in transport, energy and industry.

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STRAND 2:  The aim is to support the transition towards a low carbon future in transport, energy and industry.

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Bioprocessing military waste into reusable products

Closes: 25.09.19

This competition seeks to develop a prototype bioprocessing solution. The innovation should include the development of an energy powered bioprocessing system, the appropriate microbe mixes to break the waste down and the ability to capture the by-products for reuse. Bidders can address all three aspects or individual aspects, provided they can show a joined up capability with the other areas.

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Carbon Capture and Utilisation Demonstration (CCUD) innovation programme

Competition closes: 30.09.19

The final Phase of the BEIS £20m Carbon Capture and Utilisation Demonstration programme (Phase 3b – demonstration) is now open.

The overall aims of this programme are:

  • to demonstrate carbon capture and utilisation at a number of key industrial sites in the UK
  • to demonstrate and accelerate cost reductions of about 20-45% in carbon capture technology, or about £10-20/MWh
  • to encourage a project pipeline of follow-on CCU projects that will help less mature, but more novel technology to be demonstrated at scale
  • to improve understanding of the cost and performance of carbon capture technology
  • to de-risk the capture technology

Phase 3 offers £14 million grant funding for a number of construction and demonstration projects.

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KET4CleanProduction Micro Grants

Cut off dates for evaluations: 31.10.19, 31.01.20, 30.04.20.

European project KET4CleanProduction is offering micro grants for projects in Key Enabling Technologies (KET) including micro- and nano-electronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies. You will need to team up with at least two KET technology centres to work on your project. Projects can get up to 50,000 euros in funding. The grant should cover 70% of the total project costs while you cover the remaining 30%.

Click here to find out more.

UK and USA Innovation In Global Composites Markets

Competition closes: 21.08.19 at 12:00.

Under the UKRI Funding for International Collaboration (FIC) the UK and USA are running a joint grant funding competition. The competition will focus on collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets.

An online briefing event will take place on 6 June 2019.

Click here to find out more.

 

Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

Applications close: 13.09.19.

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide renowned science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies. The 14 categories include: Aeronautics; Advanced Computing & AI; Cybersecurity & Communication; Digital Health & Medical Devices; Drug Discovery; Energy; Environment; Food & Agriculture; Industrial Biotech; Industry 4.0; Medical Biotech;  Mobility; New Space; and Smart City.

Click here to find out more.

Energy Catalyst Round 7

Competition closes: 18.09.19 at 12:00.

Up to £22m is to be invested in innovation projects that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low-cost and low-carbon energy.  The aim of the competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market.  Focusing on the needs of poor households, businesses and services in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, projects must be targeted at people who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions. Energy Catalyst Round 7 is looking for projects that address all three elements of the energy ‘trilemma’: cost; emissions; security of supply and energy access.

There are three options to apply into this competition:

early stage for feasibility studies
mid-stage for industrial research
late stage for experimental development

MRC/AstraZeneca Centre for Lead Discovery

Closing date: 02.10.19 at 16:00 GMT+1.

Aiming to support academic researchers in discovering potential starting points for small molecule therapeutic approaches with a clear line-of-sight to therapeutic use. Academic researchers will benefit from unprecedented access to over two million molecules in AstraZeneca’s compound library, as well as its state-of-the-art high throughput screening (HTS) facilities. Following completion of the HTS campaign, sufficient ‘hit’ data should be available to enable applicants to seek follow-on funding internally through confidence in concept or through the MRC’s Development Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS).

Click here to find out more.

UK Research and Innovation Strength in Places Fund: Wave 2 EoI

Competition closes: 09.10.19 at 12:00pm.

Consortia of UK businesses and research organisations can apply for ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £50,000 to develop full applications for wave 2 of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund. Projects must focus on any one technological area, sector or discipline. At full stage your proposal can draw on a mix of capital and revenue funding appropriate to the activities proposed. Your project proposal should take a place-based approach to research and innovation funding.

Click here to find out more.

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 in all aspects of the chemicals supply chain. 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.

Click here to find out more.

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.

HSBC SME Loan Fund

HSBC UK has announced a £12 billion lending fund to support the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Fund includes a ring-fenced £1 billion to help UK companies grow their business overseas, as well as a broader package of support. The initiative is available to UK businesses with a turnover of up to £350 million. Applicants do not need to be an HSBC customer to apply.

Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s multi-billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The UK government has issued some documents to clarify the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 if there is no Brexit deal.

KTN has a range of training videos for UK companies in how to write a successful project proposal for European funding.

UK businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Currently open calls include:

Fast Track to Innovation – aims to accelerate the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding through an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe. Various deadlines throughout 2019. Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 1 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 04.11.20. Click here to find out more.

Horizon 2020: SME Instrument – Phase 2 – The SME Instrument supports high-risk, high-potential small and medium-sized enterprises to develop and bring to market new products, services and business models that could drive economic growth. Closes: 07.10.20. Click here to find out more.

 

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Innovative Batteries for eVehicles – The challenge is to develop a safe and sustainable battery for electric-vehicles through the development of new materials and chemistries making use of abundant, sustainable low cost materials, which are easily available in Europe. Deadline: 17.12.20. Click here to find out more.

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis’  – The challenge is to build a fully functional, bench-scale prototype of an artificial photosynthesis based system. Deadline: 03.02.21. Click here to find out more.