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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.

Events and Recordings

Transforming Foundation Industries Large Collaborative R&D Competition Briefing 13th Jan 2021
TFI Partner brokerage event 21st Jan 2021
Mon 15th Feb 2021 – University of Sheffield: Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ Launch Event
Wed 17th Feb 2021 – Glass Futures: Foundation Industries and the Circular Economy

Lead Contact: Ajay Kapadia

Seconday Contact: Robert Quarshie

Our Foundation Industries Expert

Ajay Kapadia

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Funding Opportunities

ISCF TFI (Transforming Foundation Industries): large collaborative R&D projects

The aim of this competition is to improve the productivity and competitiveness of foundation industry companies and supply chains, by funding cross-sector collaborative research and development projects. Sectors include cement, glass, paper, ceramics, metals and chemicals.

Opens: 11/01/2021 Closes: 10/03/2021

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021-22, round 1

UK registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £6 million to help fund innovation projects with businesses

Opens: 08/02/2021 Closes: 14/04/2021

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11th March

Innovation Support for the Foundation Industries: Funding Masterclass

This funding masterclass for the Foundation Industries is primarily aimed at those who are unfamiliar or would like to improve their success rate with the Innovate UK Innovation grant and loan applications as well as those who may be interested in KTPs.

Register here

News

15.01.2021

Transforming Foundation Industries Early 2021 Activity

Take a look at some of the activities that will be going on in the early part of this year as part of the ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge.

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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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