ISCF transforming foundation industries: fast start projects

Fund Name: ISCF transforming foundation industries: fast start projects
Project Length: between 3 and 12 months
Project Value: between £50k and £500k
Deadline: 05/02/2020


This competition aims to bring together businesses from different sectors within the foundation industries (cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals) to work on common resource and energy efficiency challenges. It will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the sectors’ companies and supply chains, and encourage companies to stay in the UK.

Fund details

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £500,000
    be collaborative
  • last between 3 and 12 months and be ready to start in July 2020

Your project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including:

  • feedstock inputs
  • production
  • material product development

For example, you can include efficient use of feedstock, alternative feedstocks, waste utilisation, optimised processes, heat recovery, new resource-efficient products, greater recycling of waste or industrial symbiosis.

Your proposal must:

  • address one or more resource or energy efficiency challenges that are common to more than one of the 6 target sectors
  • indicate how your project will help the UK’s foundation industries remain competitive
Specific themes

The technical scope of the competition is broad, encompassing any resource or energy efficiency activity for the foundation industries. Examples of foundation industries cross-sectoral challenges include:

  • 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
  • new product and service development, such as new materials, new materials-based products and services, or new business models

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

You do not need to be in the foundation industries to lead the consortium.

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