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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 5th July 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.

APC 13: advancing the UK's low carbon automotive capability

Competition closes: 10.07.19 at 12:00pm.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30 million, 3 times a year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production projects and must be match funded. In this round APC is investing £25 million. APC 13 is looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities and associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Meeting the future demand of vehicle-makers needs the necessary supply chain. They will welcome projects which demonstrate a significant change in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, and improvements in air quality compared to best in class. This can include technologies such as motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems.

Click here to find out more.

Salters’ Centenary Awards

Nominations open: 17.06.19. Nominations close: 12.07.19.

The Salters’ Centenary Awards is an award scheme for chemists and chemical engineers starting their careers in industry. The purpose of the Awards is to recognise and support individuals who are starting out in their career and who have the potential to make an outstanding long-term contribution to industries that use chemistry and chemical engineering.  Up to 4 Awards, each of £2,500 will be made to candidates who: Should be working in the chemical or allied industries in the UK; Have between 3-5 years in industry; Have a degree in either chemistry or chemical engineering at Bachelors/Masters/Postgraduate level.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: February 2019

Competition closes: 24.07.19 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: 30.05.19. Closing date: 24.07.19.
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.

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Analysis for Innovators Round 5

A4I Round 5 (Phase 1) will open on 29th July.

UK businesses of any size can get access to cutting-edge R&D expertise and facilities. After four successful rounds, which between them have supported over 400 companies, Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 5 (Phase 1) will open on 29th July.

KTN is running a competition briefing event in London on 31 July and a webcast for those unable to make it in person.

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KET4CleanProduction Micro Grants

Cut off dates for evaluations: 31.07.19, 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%.

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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

Competitions opens: 17.06.19. 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

Opens: 01.08.19. 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 opens: 03.06.19. 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.