ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries: Fast Start Projects - Briefing Events

Posted on: 30/10/2019

Registration now open for briefing events on the Transforming Foundation Industries ISCF Competition.

The UK Foundation Industries (covering metals, ceramics, paper, glass, chemicals and cement), with a combined turnover estimated at £45bn, face many common challenges, and the opportunity to address these challenges through cross-sector collaboration is compelling.


Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will fund up to £5m in R&D and Innovation projects for the foundation industries. These will be cross-sector, collaborative, fast start, short duration, industrial research and development (R&D) projects. The aim of this competition is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities. This funding competition is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Clean Growth Challenge.


Innovate UK will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of the sectors’ companies and supply chains, and encourage companies to stay in the UK.  The competition is open for applications and closes on 5 February 2020 at midday.


Foundation industries include:

  • cement
  • paper
  • glass
  • ceramics
  • metals
  • bulk chemicals


More details about the funding scope can be found here.


KTN will be holding a series of briefing events for potential applicants:

14th November 2019: London & Webcast - watch back now

20th November 2019: Cardiff - past

21st November 2019: Northern Ireland - past

27th November 2019: Glasgow

28th November 2019: Sheffield


You can watch back the webcast recording from the London event here.

View and download the slides here.


Stakeholders from industry and research organisations are invited to attend the competition briefing event to:

1. Learn more about the funding scope and eligibility
2. Find which innovation support is available to your organisations
3. Network with potential partners
4. Pitch your project idea


Please click here for more information on the Transforming Foundation Industries competition.


You can join our LinkedIn Group on TFI to find out more information about the competition and find potential collaboration partners here.


If you want to learn more about the outcomes of our consultation with the Foundation Industries, you can view the following reports:

TFI London workshop report

TFI Community Consultation Summary 


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