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

Ajay Kapadia

Our Foundation Industries Expert

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Current Foundation Industries funding opportunities

UK-South Korea Collaborative R&D

Opens: 14/02/2022 Closes: 06/07/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for this competition, with a maximum grant of £350k/project. This funding is for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with South Korea.

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Young Innovators Awards 2022/23

Opens: 13/06/2022 Closes: 27/07/2022

Young people (aged 18-30 by 27th July 2022) can apply for an award that will help turn their business idea into a reality – including a £5,000 grant, a two days a week living allowance, and tailored business support.

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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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