Funding Calls

There are many sources of public funding available to support innovation across the UK chemistry–using industries and academia. The figure below does not claim to be an exhaustive list, but shows the major ones of relevance to the Chemistry-Using Industries.

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Private equity is medium to long term finance provided in return for an equity stake in potentially high growth unquoted companies. Collaborative research and development (R&D) is designed to assist the industrial and research communities to work together on R&D projects in strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology - from which successful new products, processes and services can emerge. Innovation platforms focus on specific societal challenges where the UK Government is taking action through policy, regulation, procurement or fiscal measures to tackle the problem. Innovation platforms aim to fundamentally change the ability of UK businesses to provide solutions for the global marketplace, boost UK economic performance, and provide higher quality of public services Provides funding for industry and research communities to work together on R&D projects in strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology. Funding scheme for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects that have the potential to stimulate UK economic growth Uses the power of government procurement to drive innovation. SBRI enables the public sector to engage with industry during the early stages of development, supporting projects through the stages of feasibility and prototyping Funding scheme for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects that have the potential to stimulate UK economic growth Provides funding for company/university partnerships to employ recently qualified people (known as Associates) to work in the company on a project of strategic importance to the business, whilst also being supervised by the Knowledge Base Partner. Funding for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation Funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice Flexible funding for use by the academic research base for high-risk/high-return research proposals relating to new concepts or techniques. Centre of expertise on the design, implementation and management of finance measures to support Small and Medium Size enterprises (‘SMEs') across the UK.  More than £500m committed to 40 venture funds - the largest single investor in UK venture capital funds.

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Developing technologies for safe and responsible exploitation of shale gas

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are to invest up to £2m in feasibility studies to encourage the development of innovative technologies for the safe and responsible exploitation of the UK's shale gas resources. 
 
The TSB will support innovative projects in a number of key technology areas, which will help to develop a UK shale gas supply chain to serve both a UK and global market in a safe and sustainable manner. 
 
Projects must be business-led, and the competition is open to companies of any size, although we particularly encourage the participation of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). 
 
Projects can be collaborative or developed by a single business. We are encouraging projects that involve technology transfer from other sectors, for example from the ICT, digital, space and high value manufacturing sectors. We are particularly interested in attracting a site developer willing to provide a ‘test bed' for innovative technologies in this area. 
 
We expect to fund feasibility studies (pre-industrial research projects) in which a business partner will generally attract up to 65% public funding for their project costs (75% for SMEs). Research organisations can participate as partners, but cannot lead a project. 
 
We expect projects to last between six and 12 months and to range in size from total costs of £50k to £150k. 
 
This competition opens on 23 June 2014, and the deadline for applications is at noon on 24 September 2014.
 

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