This ISCF challenge will develop innovative technology to reduce energy and resource use within the foundation industries – which include the cement, glass, ceramics, paper, metals and bulk chemicals sectors.
The challenge has up to £66 million to invest in projects, match-funded by £83 million from the private sector. The projects will look at new ways to reduce waste and energy use and in a new research facility to accelerate development of promising clean technologies.
The economic benefit of this is two-fold:
- Securing jobs for the future across the UK: the sector provides almost 500,000 skilled jobs in 31,400 firms, mainly in areas outside of London and the South East
- Anchoring high-value manufacturing in the UK: these sectors underpin high value manufacturing, and without them the UK will become less competitive.
Key aims for the challenge include:
- providing funding opportunities to accelerate development of clean glass technologies
- supporting research on new ways to reduce waste and energy use
- supporting university-led research into radical new technologies
- developing foundation industries’ common identity to better meet challenges for the sector
- partnering with the financial sector to encourage more investment in technology companies that can reduce the environmental impact of the sector.
UKRI has awarded £2 million to set up a network to promote cooperation across the academic community towards transforming foundation industries.
A series of funding calls will be launched in 2021: please visit the funding finder.
- UKRI invests £15m in the future of glass production
- Transforming foundational industries blogs by Sarah Connolly (Innovate UK)
- See upcoming challenge events at Knowledge Transfer Network
- Read more about UKRI business funding opportunities and networking
- Report on barriers to innovation in the foundation industries (PDF, 971KB)
- Foundation industries factfiles (PDF, 1.05MB)
- Equality, diversity and inclusion in the foundation industries blog by Sarah Connolly
- Age diversity findings summary report (PDF, 459KB)
- Gender diversity findings summary report (PDF, 459KB)
Project case studies
See some examples of projects funded under this challenge:
Last updated: 2 July 2021