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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

Industry of Future Programme: Industrial Sites

The Industry of Future Programme (IFP) aims to increase the range of options available to industry to enable them to decarbonise at a faster rate.

Opens: 07/09/2021 Closes: 14/10/2021

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Circular economy for SMEs: innovating with the NICER programme

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.

Opens: 11/10/2021 Closes: 08/12/2021

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3rd November

Energy Efficiency (process efficiency, heat recovery)

Find out more about KTN's three conferences on the Foundation Industries, in partnership with TFI Network+ and TransFIRe, covering: resource efficiency; sensors, control and digitalisation; and energy recovery.

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News

10.09.2021

Save the Date for Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2022: 3rd – 5th October 2022

KTN is delighted to announce that Materials Research Exchange will be back in 2022 at the Business Design Centre in London.

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22.09.2021

Launch of Phase 2 of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund

Phase 2 of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF), designed to help energy intensive industries and businesses with high energy use to cut their energy bills and carbon emissions, will open on 27 September 2021. Industrial sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can bid for up to £60m in grant funding.

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