Capability for Transforming Foundation Industries

Posted on: 11/10/2021
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View the research organisations involved with Transforming Foundation Industries via our online repository, when you can explore the research organisation landscape and how their capabilities can address your innovation needs.

The six Foundation Industries, comprising the cement, paper, ceramics, metals, chemicals, and glass industries, all face common challenges. These important industries contribute significantly to the UK’s CO2 emissions and are both energy and capital intensive. Despite these mutual barriers to overcome, these industries hold an inherent resistance to innovation.

Effective innovation is key for the UK Foundation Industries to address these challenges. The drive to meet net-zero commitments requires the adoption of new technologies, processes, and strategic partnerships. Increasing energy and resource efficiency as well as enabling the UK to be globally competitive are mutual benefits for these Foundation Industries. However, innovation across these industries is uneven, and collaborative innovation is not the norm even though these sectors are well place to be embedded into high value supply chains of strategic industries such aerospace, automotive and pharmaceuticals.

The ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge provides a series of funding opportunities to support research for energy and resource efficiency as well as stimulate the scale-up and adoption of new technologies within the sectors.

Foundation Industries have an arsenal of research organisation capability that is ready to provide support, especially since approximately 98% of businesses in these sectors are in fact SMEs. Research organisations are best placed to provide a platform for technology transfer and introduce Foundation Industry SMEs to the existing innovation infrastructure with their technical expertise coupled with their business support offerings.

This online repository provides a dedicated resource where you can explore the research organisation landscape and how their capabilities can address your innovation needs. Browse these short profiles and case studies from research organisations that offer technical capability and business support for foundation industry SMEs.

View the online repository below

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