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SBRI: Decarbonising concrete

Fund Name

SBRI: Decarbonising concrete

Project Length

9-12 months

Project Value

Up to £500k



This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK.

This research, development and demonstration competition aims to make the commercial adoption of lower-carbon concrete happen faster. The results will enable engagement between innovation projects and end users.

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Fund details

Projects must demonstrate how innovations will decarbonise concrete production and do one or both of the following:

  • address technical uncertainties in the formulation and use of innovative concrete, this can include production and the supply chain
  • address technical uncertainties in innovations within the production, supply chain and use of commercially available concrete

In this competition innovative concretes are defined as types of concrete that are not fully commercially adopted due to technical uncertainties in their production, supply chain or use.

Your project may include but is not limited to:

  • alternatives to Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) as a concrete binder, for example, calcined clay or combinations of calcined clay and limestone
  • improving the efficiency or optimisation of cement or concrete production, for example, kiln efficiency or reducing binder content
  • recycling of cement
  • additives that reduce the carbon footprint of new concrete structures
  • new construction techniques that take advantage of the properties of innovative concrete
  • using concrete to sequester carbon
  • investigating different concrete chemistry for reinforced concrete, if it shows clearly, it can decarbonise concrete

You are expected to provide a real-world demonstration of your innovation or an equivalent approach that can be shown to accelerate commercial adoption.


Projects must:

  • start by 1 May 2024
  • end by 30 April 2025
  • last between 9 and 12 months

To lead a project, you can:

  • be an organisation of any size
  • work alone or with others from business, research organisations, research and technology organisations or the third sector as subcontractors
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