Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up
Posted on 15/05/2019
To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN have pulled together the latest open relevant funding calls for the manufacturing and materials sectors into one place. Find out more details about each below, or if you wish to find out more about further funding opportunities then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Manufacturing and Materials teams.
July expression of interest: ATI Programme
The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace.
EUREKA collaborative R&D: photonics for advanced manufacturing
Closing Date: 15.07.19 at 12:00pm
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2m to fund UK businesses, Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and universities participating in collaborative projects with partners from the participating countries of the EUREKA Network in Photonics. The call addresses collaborative R&D and innovation projects using photonic technologies to improve processes and/or products.
APC 13: advancing the UK's low carbon automotive capability
Competition closes: 10.07.19
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.
Innovate UK Smart Grants
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 £20 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.
Next round opens on 25 July 2019 and closes at midday on 16 October 2019.
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 and opportunities in manufacturing and materials. 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.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Current KTP period: Open date: 30.05.19 – Closing date: 24.07.19 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily)
A 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.
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.
UK and USA Innovation In Global Composites Markets
Competition Closes: 21.08.19
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.7 million to develop innovative technologies for global composites markets with USA partners. 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. Proposals are welcomed from UK organisations who can collaborate with existing US partners in the field of composites manufacturing.
Waste Prevention Implementation Fund
Investments funded through the grant must be complete by 31.12.19
It is recognised that while organisations understand the benefits of waste prevention, they often do not take action, lacking the finance and support to make the necessary changes. This fund has therefore been designed to help organisations overcome these barriers to undertake a particular project with a focus on raw materials savings, carbon savings and the movement of waste material up the waste hierarchy.
Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing
Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing is a £5.1M project to support the implementation of product and process development, and the introduction of technology to the SME manufacturing sector, in the NE LEP area. The project is part funded by ERDF (£2.6M) and the University of Sunderland, who are investing £2.5M and managing the delivery of this project.
SMEs in the manufacturing sector - Key Enabling Technologies
Competition closes: 29.04.20
Are you an SME working in the manufacturing sector? If you have a project to integrate key enabling technologies (KET – micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies) to solve clean production challenges, this funding opportunity is for you. European project KET4CleanProduction is offering micro grants for projects that would use key enabling technologies (KET) to solve clean production challenges.
Call for Proposals for Data driven applications and experiments in CPS/IOT
This is an Open Call.
The open call aims at complementing functionalities around MIDIH reference architecture and performing experiments in CPS/IOT based on the components provided by the architecture. The experiments must cover one of the three main scenarios: Smart Factory or Smart Product or Smart Supply chain.
Industrial Heat Recovery
Open until November 2019 (various funding windows)
In addition to the £100m funding from the Industrial Strategy BEIS has also committed a further £18m through their Heat programme to support the manufacturing industries to recover and use their waste heat. The IHRS funds the design and demonstration of heat recovery from the industrial process for reuse on site as heat or power, or donated to a nearby heat network.
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 (applications assessed quarterly, running until at least March 2020)
5G Sector Specific Testbeds & Trials Roundtables: £40m match funding
Digital Catapult has partnered with the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to support the design and development of a new Industrial 5G competition focused on the manufacturing and logistics sectors, as part of the 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme.
Made Smarter North West pilot
The newly-launched Made Smarter programme is designed to support manufacturers, engineers, makers and creators with facilities or operations in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region to grow through adoption of new technologies. The Made Smarter pilot can help you understand which new industrial technology application is right for your operations and help you to develop a strategy for implementation that fits in with your core business needs.
Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund
The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for small and medium sized businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors. Zero Waste Scotland are investing up to £18 in grant funding for businesses;
- Exploring markets for new circular economy products
- Development and adoption of innovative business models for new circular economy products and services
- Development and uptake of innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy
Read More (applications ongoing, 30 day turnaround, projects can run until June 2023)
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.
There are 14 categories for entry:
Advanced Computing & Ai
Cybersecurity & Communication
Digital Health & Medical Devices
Food & Agriculture
The best start-up in each category will receive €10,000, with the overall winner receiving an additional €90,000.
Applications are open until September 13th 2019. To find out more and apply, click here.
Innovation loans: July-September 2019 open competition
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.
Closing date: 11th September 2019. Read more here.