EPSRC, TSB invest £6 mn in sustainable manufacturing projects

EPSRC, TSB invest £6 mn in sustainable manufacturing projects

10:24 PM, 29th February 2012
EPSRC, TSB invest £6 mn in sustainable manufacturing projects

SWINDON, UK: The Technology Strategy board (TSB) is to invest up to £5 million in feasibility projects and collaborative research and development to encourage the development and commercialisation of innovative approaches to sustainable manufacturing in the process industry. EPSRC has expressed interest in supporting this competition and will contribute up to a total of £1million. The companies aim to encourage innovation in manufacturing steps that improve economic performance, benefit the environment and have a positive social impact.

Up to £4.6 million is available for collaborative R&D projects, which must be business-led and include an end user. Up to £400k is available for feasibility projects, which must be business-led and may be collaborative or led by single companies. Collaborative R&D projects should last one to three years and will attract up to 50 per cent public funding. Feasibility projects should last six to nine months and will attract up to 75 per cent public funding.

The competition opens on 27 February 2012. The deadline for applications for feasibility funding is 25 April 2012. There is a two-stage process for collaborative R&D funding. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 25 April 2012 and the second stage for invited applicants opens on 21 May 2012. The deadline for final applications is 4 July 2012. A briefing day for potential applicants for feasibility and collaborative R&D funding will be held on 8 March 2012.

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