ISCF Transforming Foundation Industry – Small Scale R&D Strands 1&2

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5Mn for small scale R&D projects. The aim of this competition is to improve the competitiveness of our Foundation Industry sector (cement; paper; glass; ceramics; metals; chemicals) by helping it to become more environmentally sustainable. This competition is split into 2 strands. Interested? Feel free to contact us!

Dates:

  • Competition closes: 29 September 2021
  • Interviews: 22 – 26 November 2021 (Strand 1 only)
  • Applicants notified: 10 December 2021
  • Project start date & duration: 01 February 2022 for between 3 – 12 months

Scope

Projects must address the resource productivity or energy performance opportunities of the sector and its supply chains. Projects must focus on the development of new: markets; business models; products and services manufactured by the sector; products and services created by suppliers to the sector; processes.

Specific Themes (non-exhaustive list)

  • energy costs and optimisation such as heat or energy recovery and reuse
  • process measurement, optimisation and digitisation, such as sensor technology or digital tools
  • waste recycling, utilisation and symbiosis, such as reuse of waste or industrial symbiosis

Projects that will not be funded

  • focus on fuel switching or greenhouse gas capture technology
  • do not focus on foundation industries and their immediate supply chains
  • respond only to the skills needs of foundation industries
  • are capital or infrastructure projects
  • have total eligible project costs of below £25,000 or above £75,000
  • are dependent on export performance, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it exports a certain quantity of bread to another country
  • are dependent on domestic inputs usage, for example giving a subsidy to a baker on the condition that it uses 50% UK flour in their product

Eligibility

  • Strand 1 projects must be led by a UK-registered SME
  • Strand 2 projects can be led by a UK-registered business of any size but must include an SME
  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from UK.
  • Subcontractors are allowed (preferably UK-based), with fully justified and appropriate costs

Funding Rates

  • Total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £75,000 (Strand 1) and £75,000-250,000 (Strand 2).
  • For feasibility studies you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
    • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
    • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
    • up to 50% if you are a large organisation
  • For Industrial Research and Experimental Development you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
    • up to 70% if you are a micro or small organisation
    • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized organisation
    • up to 50% if you are a large organisation
  • Research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs.

 

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