Innovate UK KTN recognises that this sector is heavily reliant on laboratory-based R&D, as well as computational techniques for modelling the behaviour of atoms, molecules and colloids across multiple length and time scales.
Innovate UK KTN can help organisations who apply chemistry, physics or engineering to perform R&D on materials (hard and soft) or who have technology that can be used in this way.
Common challenges include structure-function relationships, scale-up, product reformulation, long term aging behaviour and optimisation for performance and cost.
We can help anybody who applies chemistry, physics or engineering to perform R&D on materials (hard and soft), or has technology that can be used in this regard. Tech areas targeted: materials, chemistry, formulation, scale up, digitisation, formulated products.
We’ll help you connect you across the supply chains and research base in a wide variety of sectors, including FMCG, composites and coatings, construction materials, pharmaceuticals, energy storage, food and drink, plastics.
European Commission Plastics Related Funding & tender opportunities
Opens: 01/03/2023 Closes: 22/02/2024
Horizon Europe funding for reducing plastic pollution, pollutant monitoring, circular economy, and biodegradation validation. Various closing dates.
Canada-UK Critical Minerals: Sustainability and Circularity
Opens: 20/11/2023 Closes: 03/04/2024
UK registered organisations and Canadian SMEs can apply for a share of up to £5.4m for joint R&D projects on circularity in critical minerals.
Open Innovation challenge: Valorisation of Expired Paints
Opens: 29/11/2023 Closes: 26/01/2024
Berger Paints Nigeria seek innovations to convert aged paints, and paint fractions and components, into usable paints and other beneficial products.
Related Events and Recordings
The 2035 UK Battery Recycling Industry Vision
The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network has developed a 2035 UK Battery Recycling Industry Vision through an infographic and its supportive report to outline how the industry can continue to grow and become more sustainable in the future.
Findings from the Innovate UK Global Expert Mission on Critical Materials
In May 2022, as part of Innovate UK’s Global Expert Missions Programme commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with funding from the Global Research and Innovation Programme (GRIP), a team of UK experts led by Innovate UK KTN visited Canada and the US to improve our understanding of the research and innovation landscape in the field of critical materials.