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Circular economy for SMEs – innovating with the NICER programme

Fund Name

Circular economy for SMEs – innovating with the NICER programme

Project Length

9-12 months

Project Value

Up to £100k

Deadline

08.12.2021

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The aim of the Circular Economy for SMEs – innovating with NICER programme is to support feasibility studies, industrial research, and experimental development that addresses the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy. Your proposal must demonstrate how you will create a step-change in the adoption of circular economy approaches.

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Fund Details

Your proposal must demonstrate how you will create a step-change in the adoption of circular economy approaches. The broad spectrum of circular economy approaches will be in scope, for example:

  • repair
  • reuse
  • remanufacture
  • recycle
  • regeneration

Projects are particularly encouraged that focus on retaining the maximum amount of value in a product or system.

Your project must align with at least one of the resource flows covered by the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres:

  • chemicals (specifically Olefins)
  • textiles
  • metals
  • technology metals
  • mineral-based construction materials

Your project can focus on one or more of the following examples:

  • piloting the introduction of a circular economy business model
  • development or improvement of products and processes to enable remanufacturing, repair and retention of value
  • increasing understanding and exploitation of material flow data in a defined place (for example; city, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP), cluster, region)
  • scaling-up of credible circular economy feasibility studies
  • evaluating whether proposed circular economy approaches are more sustainable when considering broader life cycle thinking

Eligibility

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £50,000 and £100,000
  • start no earlier than 1 April 2022
  • end by 31 March 2023
  • last between 9 and 12 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must be a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) business. Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.

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