Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the chemical sector. Last updated 16th December 2020.

KTN’s Chemistry team have compiled a list of some of the latest funding competitions of relevance to the chemicals sector, with the intention of helping you to identify the most appropriate funding programmes to help take your innovations forward.

The team will be happy to help if you wish to find out more about these or other funding opportunities, need help to find collaborative partners, or are seeking advice on how to apply for funding. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For materials chemists, there may be additional relevant calls within our Manufacturing and Materials round-up.

See our Covid-19 funding round-up for all Covid-related funding calls.

 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: November 2020

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. Project costs £25k-£2m. Apply by 20th Jan 2021.

Click here for full details.

 

SBRI Removing air pollutants from homes to safeguard health

Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop products or services to remove harmful pollutants from homes. Phase 1 feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £50,000, inclusive of VAT, for each project for up to 3 months. Your solution must be able to protect the health of residents by removing one or more harmful household pollutants from the air in homes. This can include any which have entered the domestic setting from outside.

An applicant briefing webinar was held on 1st December: watch the recording here.

Find out more and apply. Deadline: 13th Jan 2021.

 

SBRI Greenhouse Gas Removals Innovation Competition – Phase 1 (Design Study)

The supplier must undertake and report on a design study into the development of innovative greenhouse gas removals or related enabling technologies (excluding afforestation or habitat restoration). £75,000 to £250,000 is available for each project in phase 1.

This competition is to support the development of technologies that are not yet commercial rather than supporting technologies that are already mature. Therefore, the technologies to be developed must be at a technology readiness level (TRL) between 4 and 7 at the start of the project. The ultimate objective is to trial the technologies at pilot scale.

The aim of the competition is to identify, support and then develop credible greenhouse gas removals technologies/enabling technologies bringing about a step change in their development.

Closes 5th Feb 2021. Find out more and apply.

 

Innovation continuity loans November 2020 – three strands

Innovate UK is offering up to £210 million in loans to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations that have a challenge in continuing, completing or following on an innovation project. Loans are for organisations that find themselves facing a sudden shortage or even unavailability of funds resulting directly from the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are three parallel strands for innovation continuity loans:

  • Strand 1: for applicants who are continuing and completing a live project with an Innovate UK award
  • Strand 2: for applicants who have a new project that follows on from a project with an Innovate UK award that was completed in the last 36 months
  • Strand 3: applicants who are continuing, completing or following on from innovation activity that has not been supported by an Innovate UK award in the last 36 months. This strand is open to new applicants to Innovate UK, and also to some applicants who are already recipients of Innovate UK funding.

Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available. Find out more and apply. Registration closes 13th Jan 2021.

 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Current KTP period closes 27th January 2021 (after this the next round will be available immediately, so don’t rush your application unnecessarily).

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) links your organisation with one of the UK’s world-class knowledge bases (a university or research organisation) to power strategic innovation projects, embed expertise and drive commercial growth. needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer. It creates a dynamic three-way collaboration between a business or not for profit organisation, a UK university or research organisation, and a suitably qualified graduate to help realise a strategic innovation project, bring about transformative change and embed new capability.

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Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Just like our highly effective KTP programme, Management KTPs (MKTPs) create a dynamic 3-way partnership between your company, a team of academic experts and a skilled graduate. The focus of a MKTP is specifically on increasing effectiveness and improving results through better management practices.

These have the same funding deadlines as KTPs – click here for full details.

Horizon 2020 Calls

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s multi-billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. The UK government has issued some documents to clarify the UK’s eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 if there is no Brexit deal.

KTN has a range of training videos for UK companies in how to write a successful project proposal for European funding.

UK businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

Open calls include:

EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis’ – The challenge is to build a fully functional, bench-scale prototype of an artificial photosynthesis based system. Deadline 03.02.21. Click here to find out more.

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