Glass pilot facility
£15 million to support the development and fit out of a pilot research and development (R&D) facility in St Helens.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £15 million in an experimental glass furnace facility run by Glass Futures Ltd, a not for profit company.
The facility will be capable of producing 30 tonnes of glass a day for R&D into products such as bottles, jars or windows and will be located in St Helens on a former glassworks site historically occupied by United Glass.
Read more about the glass pilot facility: ground is broken at £45 million future glass centre on historic site.
Large CRD projects
£8 million funding to support 7 innovative new projects. The aim is to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the UK’s foundation industry companies and their supply chains.
Read more about the Large CRD funded projects: the key aims of new foundation industries projects.
Small scale CRD projects
£1.2 million funding to support 15 innovative new projects, which will focus on resource or energy efficiency in the foundation industries or their immediate supply chains. This will help companies to adapt and prosper in response to their customer’s increasing demands for more sustainable products.
Read more about the small scale CRD funded projects: improving resource and energy efficiency in foundation industries.
£24 million funding to support 8 innovative new projects. The aim is to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency at scale. Projects were also required to show cross-sector and collaborative elements, with significant industry investment and opportunities.
Read more about the demonstrator funded projects: projects aim to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency.
TransFIRe and resilient recovery projects
£4.7 million in funding has been awarded to a new Transforming Foundation Industries Research and Innovation hub (TransFIRE). It will be led by Professor Mark Jolly, Cranfield University along with 12 partner universities.
£8 million funding to support 19 innovative new projects, with the focus on resource and energy efficiency in order to help make the industries more environmentally sustainable, while maintaining their global competitiveness.
Read more about TransFIRe and resilient recovery projects: funding awarded for recovery solutions for foundation industries.
Investor Partner programme
£4.8 million in funding to support 7 innovative projects, with the addition of £20 million aligned private equity investment. These investment funds are keen to support innovations that meet the growing demand for more sustainable products in the sector.
Read more about the Investor Partner funder projects: Transforming Foundation Industries Investor Partner programme.
£19.5 million in funding awarded to Foundation Industries Sustainability Consortium.
This award is to run the Economic Material Innovation for Sustainable and Efficient use of Resources (ECONOMISER) programme. The programme will develop a network of scale-up centres to support industry and academic engagement in innovation in carbon reduction, process improvement and product development.
Read more about the ECONOMISER programme: scaling-up technologies for the foundation industries.
Summary report: Innovation Readiness in UK Foundation Industries, March 2021
Research shows potential for innovation in the UK’s foundation industries. The transforming foundation industries (TFI) challenge research finds only around half of foundation industry businesses introduced new products and new processes within the last three years. The main hindrances to innovation were found to be risk, high costs and uncertainty around the UK’s relationship with the EU.
The TFI challenge fund will play a key role in encouraging businesses and the sector to embrace innovation
Read more about the summary report: research shows potential for innovation in the UK’s foundation industries.
Learn more about the projects the challenge has funded to support the foundation industries.
Funded by UKRI, the company Lucideon is developing a new way to densify ceramic and glass powder. This reduces energy demand by more than 50% and could make UK companies more competitive.
Case study on Lucideon’s work.