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Foundation Industries

Situated in our industrial heartlands, these sectors include metals, ceramics, glass, chemicals, paper and cement, producing 28m tonnes of material per year, and are worth £52bn annually to the UK economy.

The Foundation Industries (metals, ceramics, glass, chemicals, paper and cement) produce 28 million tonnes of materials per year in the UK, but in doing so are by far the UK’s biggest industrial polluters: around 50 million tonnes of CO2 per year, or 10% of the total CO2 emitted by UK homes and businesses. If we are to meet our Paris Climate Change Agreement to reduce our CO2 emissions by 80%, a transformational change is needed by these industries in how materials are sourced and processed, and the types of products manufactured. Developing a resource and energy efficient foundation industry will also help anchor production in the UK through increased competitiveness.

The UK funding landscape evolves at a rapid speed, with new initiatives and opportunities constantly announced. The TFI funding landscape will ensure you are up to date with key opportunities and developments so that you can be best equipped and prepared in accessing this funding.

The TFI funding landscape covers a wide range of opportunities related to the Foundation Industries. This includes an overview of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) opportunities, Global Challenges Research and Newton Fund, Eureka and HorizonEurope, equipping you with knowledge of the external landscape to ensure that you are aware and prepared for upcoming opportunities.

Other Opportunities

EEN Live Global Partnering Opportunities
Materials Processing Institute
Clean Growth UK
Horizon 2020 Partner Search
Energy Entrepreneurs Fund: £11 million boost for energy entrepreneurs to turn green dreams into reality
FormPlanet Open Call – designed to help SMEs and large companies of the metal sheet manufacturing sector to characterise sheet metal properties, predict part performance and prevent production losses. Closes 31st March 2021
Queen’s University Belfast: Scaling the Edge Programme – designed to help SME businesses accelerate their new product and process innovations using the market leading Strategyzer Toolkit to rapidly validate and iterate their new ideas profitably.

Lead Contact: Ajay Kapadia

Seconday Contact: Robert Quarshie

Our Foundation Industries Expert

Ajay Kapadia

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Funding Opportunities

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3

Up to £6 million is available to fund innovation projects, which are a partnership between an academic institution/RTO/Catapult and a business or not-for-profit, employing 1-2 graduate associates.

Opens: 05/07/2021 Closes: 29/09/2021

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KTN-iX challenge: Industrial Decarbonisation Solutions

EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative industrial decarbonisation solutions who are interested in corporate strategic investment. Through this iX challenge, EQUANS is looking for disruptive tools that will support the end to end process from identifying, appraising and developing net zero opportunities through to deploying and monitoring these net zero initiatives in action.

Opens: 06/07/2021 Closes: 30/09/2021

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17th August

TFI Small CR&D Competition Briefing

Find out about the new Transforming Foundation Industries Small Scale Research and Development programme at our competition briefing.

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News

25.02.2021

KTP between City, University of London, and Keltbray helps reduce carbon emissions in construction sector through use of Sustainable Reusable Pile

Innovative Sustainable Reusable Pile (or Hollow Pile) technology promises to substantially reduce carbon emissions from piling foundations. City University has just signed an exclusive licence agreement with construction engineering specialist Keltbray for the development of this new technology for more sustainable deep foundation design and construction.

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22.03.2021

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund - Technology Marketplace

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 1: Spring 2021 competition is open to applications until 14th July; businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have an opportunity to bid for up to £40m in grant funding.

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