Women Innovators in the Foundation Industries (WINFI)

On International Women in Engineering Day 2022, the Innovate UK KTN Materials Team and the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge launched the Women Innovators in Foundation Industries (WINFI) programme.

On International Women in Engineering Day 2022, the Innovate UK KTN Materials Team and the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge launched Women Innovators in Foundation Industries (WINFI). This launch at Church House in Westminster brought together women innovators from across the six foundation industry sectors (cement, paper, chemicals, glass, metals and ceramics), alongside organisation leads and partners from TFI funded projects.

WINFI is a community of professionals and organisations who advocate and champion for the women in innovation in the Foundation Industries. The WINFI vision is to increase the number of women innovators in the Foundation Industries to help us to deliver industry’s 2050 vision.

This means:

  • Raising the profile of women innovators as thought leaders in Foundation Industries
  • Supporting businesses to define and implement gender diversity strategy
  • Enabling the “inner innovator” of professional women in Foundation Industries
  • Creating networking opportunities for women, allies and other stakeholders to foster innovation collaborations and partnerships

For networking, innovation and collaboration opportunities, please sign up here (newsletter sign-up is at the bottom of the homepage – make sure you select ‘Foundation Industries’ as a sector preference upon receiving your confirmation e-mail) and stay in the know for all things TFI and WINFI.

Current Women Innovators in the Foundation Industries funding opportunities

Women in Innovation Awards 2022/23

Opens: 22/08/2022 Closes: 19/10/2022

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for an award which includes a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: Summer 2022

Opens: 16/06/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022

Phase 2 of the IETF provides grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects.

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Global Incubator Programme: business acceleration for SMEs

Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022

An acceleration programme from Innovate UK Edge for innovative SMEs to explore the potential of overseas markets.

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