As the world moves towards a greener future, we are changing the demand profile on certain raw materials. At the same, world population rises, resulting in an ever-increasing demand for energy and products which puts gradual pressure on raw materials (and their supply chains), contributing to the generation of more and more waste.
We believe the chemical and industrial biotechnology community can play a key role in enabling the transition to a Net Zero in the UK, whilst also providing technology solutions to enable a more Circular Economy. Two key areas we have been working in recently are:
- Enabling the UK chemical supply chain for Electric Vehicle Batteries
- Developing a Capability Map for develop the key process technologies required to convert alternative feedstocks into chemical products.
Our team has deep sector expertise that can support you in solving challenges related to Raw Materials and Waste Valorisation. We are working with organisations across the UK to accelerate the transition to Net Zero, supporting innovators develop chemical and industrial biotech solutions, that can help enable a more circular economy.
Innovation Exchange challenge: removal of Iron (Fe2+ and Fe3+) from mixed metal oxide powders
Opens: 30/11/2023 Closes: 24/01/2024
Mkango Resources are looking for ways to remove Fe(II) and Fe(III) from either mixed metal powder, a slurry of mixed metal powder, or a dissolved acidic solution.
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.
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.
Related Events and Recordings
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.
Announcing the Cohort for the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme 2023
Running for the third consecutive year, the Faraday Battery Challenge Investment Readiness Programme is going stronger than ever.