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.

Lead Contact: Ajay Kapadia

Seconday Contact: Robert Quarshie

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Current Foundation Industries funding opportunities

Circular Economy for SMEs - innovating with NICER, round 2

Opens: 13/10/2022 Closes: 07/12/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches. This can cover: chemicals, bio-textiles, metals, or mineral-based construction materials; or research/data work to accelerate the transition.

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2022

Opens: 28/07/2022 Closes: 26/10/2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: closing January 2023

Opens: 10/10/2022 Closes: 13/01/2023

The £289m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund has been supporting the permanent deployment of industrial energy efficiency and decarbonization technologies on industrial sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since July 2020. Your final opportunity to apply for funding from this successful

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Construction 2050: The Future Material Requirements of the Construction Sector
Recorded: 24th March

Construction 2050: The Future Material Requirements of the Construction Sector

KTN, Innovate UK and BRE are inviting you to attend an online workshop and networking event, which will bring together the foundation industries and the construction industry to understand the drivers and future material requirements of the sector.

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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Podcast Series

05/08/2022

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Podcast Series

Innovate UK KTN and The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are pleased to share this short podcast series with you. The discussions led by Innovate UK KTN’s Jenni McDonnell MBE will talk to different stakeholders including policy makers, industrial sites and delivery partners who are helping industrial sites to understand what they could achieve by taking advantage of this opportunity.

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Transforming Foundation Industries at Materials Research Exchange 2022 - a vision for 2050

23/09/2022

Transforming Foundation Industries at Materials Research Exchange 2022 - a vision for 2050

At Materials Research Exchange 2022 (3rd-5th October), the Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge will look at how the industries need to evolve to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities that lie ahead.

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Programmes related to Foundation Industries

Women Innovators in the Foundation Industries (WINFI)

Women Innovators in the Foundation Industries (WINFI)

On International Women in Engineering Day 2022, the Innovate UK KTN Materials Team and the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge launched the Women Innovators in Foundation Industries (WINFI) programme.