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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

Made Smarter Innovation: Sustainable Smart Factory

UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £20m for digital innovation projects that will improve the resource efficiency and energy efficiency of manufacturing processes in factories.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 26/01/2022

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UK-Singapore Collaborative R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for up to £350k per project for the purpose of developing proposals with Singapore. Applications in advanced manufacturing and materials, agrifood tech, mobility and transport, cybersecurity and health and life sciences particularly welcome.

Opens: 24/01/2022 Closes: 20/04/2022

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Recorded: 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

11.10.2021

Capability for Transforming Foundation Industries

View the research organisations involved with Transforming Foundation Industries via our online repository, when you can explore the research organisation landscape and how their capabilities can address your innovation needs.

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12.11.2021

Transforming Foundation Industries Conferences Recap

Take a look at our recap of the three Transforming Foundation Industries Conferences held in October and November 2021.

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