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Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing: CR&D UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12 million for ambitious collaborative R&D projects to support UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become significantly more resource efficient. Eligibility This competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project your organisation must be a UK registered: business of any size research and technology organisation (RTO) You must be or involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME). Opening soon Opens: 31 March 2023 Closes: 26 May 2023

Programme: Innovate Uk

Award:

Opens: 31 March 2023

Closes: 26 May 2023

Description

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £12 million for this competition.

The aim of this competition is to fund ambitious collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, to support UK materials and manufacturing organisations to become significantly more resource efficient.

Simultaneous demonstrations of how UK materials and manufacturing will become more resilient or technologically advanced are encouraged.

Your proposal must improve resource efficiency and reduce carbon emissions

You must focus on two or more of these five core areas:

  • materials for the future economy
  • smart design
  • resilient supply chains
  • world-class production
  • longer in use and reuse

In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.

This competition closes at 11:00am UK time on the deadline stated.

Funding type

Grant

Project size

Your project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £1 million.

Who can apply

Your project

Your project must:

  • have total costs between £100,000 and £1 million
  • start by 1 October 2023
  • end by 31 March 2025
  • last between 12 and 18 months
  • be collaborative
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

You must only include eligible project costs in your application.

Under current restrictions, this competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian, Belarusian or Myanmar entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian, Belarusian or Myanmar source.

If your project’s duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to support@iuk.ukri.org at least 10 working days before the competition closes. We will decide whether to approve your request.

If you have not requested approval or your application has not been approved by us, you will be made ineligible. Your application will then not be sent for assessment.

Lead organisation

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • be a UK registered research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • collaborate with other UK registered organisations
  • be or involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Applications involving collaborations of businesses with academic institutions and research organisations are particularly encouraged to apply.

If the lead organisation is a research and technology organisation (RTO), it must collaborate with at least one business of any size and must include one eligible grant claiming SME.

More information on the different types of organisation can be found in our Funding rules.

Funding

Up to £12 million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition. Funding will be in the form of a grant.

If your organisation’s work on the project is commercial or economic, your funding request must not exceed the limits below. These limits apply even if your organisation normally acts non-economically but for the purpose of this project will be undertaking commercial or economic activity.

For industrial research projects, 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 experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • up to 45% if you are a micro or small organisation
  • up to 35% if you are a medium sized organisation
  • up to 25% if you are a large organisation

For more information on company sizes, please refer to the company accounts guidance.

If you are applying for an award funded under State aid Regulations, the definitions are set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

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