UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.
- Competition opens: Thursday 13 October 2022
- Competition closes: Wednesday 7 December 2022 11:00am
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.5 million in circular economy innovation projects.
This funding forms part of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research programme (NICER). It enables SMEs to engage with and benefit from access to expertise at five research centres and hub via collaborative research and development (CR&D) activities.
The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development projects that address 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.In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process. This competition closes at 11am UK time on the deadline stated.
Your project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £150,000.
Who can apply
Your project must:
- have total costs between £100,000 and £150,000
- start no earlier than 1 May 2023
- end by 31 October 2024
- last between 12 and 18 months
- carry out all of its project work in the UK
- intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
Your application must include a letter of support from at least one of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres or the NICER CE-hub. The letter must demonstrate alignment of your proposed activities to one or more Centres’ aims and objectives. Collaboration directly with the centres or the hub as a project partner is encouraged but not essential.
To allow sufficient time for the centres to consider your proposal for support, you should contact them prior to 16th November 2022, or earlier if you are looking to involve them as project partners.
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 entity as lead, partner or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian source.
If your total project’s costs or duration falls outside of our eligibility criteria, you must provide justification by email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
To lead a project or work alone your organisation must be a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.
Click here for full details and info on how to apply.