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Opportunities for the chemicals sector under Innovate UK’s grant funding programme

The recording and slides are now available from the recent Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) webinar to provide innovators from the chemicals sector with an update on opportunities for the chemicals sector under Innovate UK’s Grant Funding Programme. This webinar, which was orgainsed by the KTN's Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Team, highlighted: which Innovate...
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Want to turn your bright idea into a brilliant product?

Design Council Spark is offering support and funding to help you take your idea and turn it into a smart product and brand. Up to 15 participants will join a 16-week support programme covering everything from product design and branding to business plans and receive £15k in funding. Each team will also be paired with a dedicated expert mentor to support their journey and have the...
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Chemistry Growth Partnership outlines progress to date and growth for the future

The Chemistry Growth Partnership (CGP) is the Industry Council for the chemical and chemistry-using sectors and is co-chaired by a government minister from BEIS, currently Nick Hurd. One of its principal themes is to accelerate the rate of innovation in the industry and, for this theme in particular, KTN provides integral support.  Notably KTN was largely instrumental in working...
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Nuclear R&D competition - applicants briefing event, 17th November

As part of the Government’s commitment to supporting clean, secure and affordable energy, BEIS recently announced the first phase of their nuclear R&D programme with funding in excess of £20m. Five technology themes have been prioritised within the nuclear innovation and R&D programme which will target improving the prospects for the economic...
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BioPilots UK alliance launched to support growth of UK bioeconomy

Five established R&D centres across the UK have announced a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and bio-based product manufacture – two key elements of the bioeconomy. The founding centres are BEACON (Wales), the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC - York), the Centre for Process Innovation...
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Recruit the world's top trainees with free help from IAESTE

The IAESTE programme allows employers to benefit from the world’s top trainees from the science, engineering, technology and applied arts sectors for short or long term projects. As an international student traineeship programme with more than 65 years’ experience, exchanging over 4000 trainees a year,  IAESTE is well poised to help your business succeed in a global market. ...
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BDC secures funding for 120 projects to help Yorkshire businesses harness opportunities in the bioeconomy

The Biorenewables Development Centre, a University of York subsidiary, has secured European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding to help more companies grow through bio-based innovations. Following the BDC’s previous popular business support programmes helping more than 200 local small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) over the last three years, the BDC is now able to offer 120...
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Opportunities for the Chemicals Sector under Innovate UK’s Grant Funding Programme - Webinar on 14 November

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting a 1.5 hour webinar on Monday 14th November to provide innovators from the chemicals sector with an update on  Opportunities for the Chemicals Sector under Innovate UK’s Grant Funding Programme - A Grant Winner's Perspective .   About Innovate UK funding Innovate UK  is the UK’s innovation agency with a core...
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£6.5M funding to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within existing businesses

Analysis for Innovators (A4I)  is a new funding programme that targets competitiveness and productivity head on, by offering cutting edge R&D, expertise and facilities to UK companies that want to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within their existing business. This could be an issue of precision or accuracy of measurement on a production line for example, which...
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£10K Business Interaction Vouchers from the Plants to Products (P2P) Network

The Plants to Products (P2P) Network has opened its 4th Business Interaction Voucher (BIV) call for up to 5 vouchers worth up to £10k. The call closes on 14th December at 16:00hrs. P2P is a BBSRC Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) with a focus on an integrated approach to the conversion of plant material to deliver chemicals and materials...
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Your opinion is needed: Building UK-China Innovation Future | UK Business Survey

China is the largest and one of the most important international partners for the UK – yet the bilateral innovation links and knowledge of the challenges and opportunities in China are relatively unexplored. There are substantial demands from Chinese businesses and government to work with UK innovation base. Equally, the demands from UK businesses and innovators for further support in...
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Find out how to develop an innovation strategy that is designed for growth

KTN in conjunction with Smallfry is planning to hold a Midlands located event (date to be confirmed) on i nnovation strategies and how these strategies can be designed for growth . The event will be of interest to all those who are innovative or within an innovative environment. There will be presentations by Martin Orrill (former Head of Innovation at British Gas) on how...
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Register now for the Forensic Science Technology Showcase, 20 October, London

The Forensic Science Technology Showcase   provides a chance to see the latest UK research based developments in forensic science. The day is a fantastic opportunity to meet new partners, speak to end users and forensic service providers. We are pleased to announce that this year the Showcase will be opened by Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Advisor. The...
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Book your place at Innovate 2016 today - 10% discount code

Innovate 2016 will be held at Manchester Central on the 2nd - 3rd November 2016. If you have not yet purchased your ticket for this two day event showcasing the very best of innovation talent and global opportunities for businesses, why not take advantage of the 10% discount code and book your place today!   What is Innovate 2016? Innovate 2016 is brought to...
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2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency & remaining competitive

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a mini-conference on the theme of 2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy, on 27th Octo ber 2016 in London. BEIS has been working with trade associations, companies and other stakeholders to identify how the 8 most heat-intensive sectors in the UK ( Iron and Steel, Chemicals , Food and Drink, Oil...
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PhD students and ECRs invited to submit an abstract for the RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium

The RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium is an opportunity for PhD students and researchers at the start of their career in industry to showcase their work to peers and leading researchers from academia and industry.  There will be great opportunities for networking and a competition for participants to win up to £750 towards forming a new collaboration. On the...
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Shell Springboard Awards - Supporting UK businesses with bright solutions to reduce carbon emissions

The Shell Springboard programme supports UK businesses with bright solutions to reduce carbon emissions. Applications are now open for the Shell Springboard Awards 2017, with a total funding amount of £350,000 available. The deadline for applications to the 2016 Shell Springboard Awards is 17:00 on Friday 28th October 2016.   Who can apply? Any...
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Catch up on the latest news from the BIOOX project

The EU Funded BIOOX project intends to develop the tools for implementation of biooxidation to synthesize and oxidize alcohols. This month (September 2016), BIOOX will enter its final year. BIOOX has already delivered valuable science offering new insights into the enzymes and processes which will be required to develop new industrial bio-oxidation reactions. The project...
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4th Winter Process Chemistry Conference, 12-14 December 2016 in Glasgow

Registration and abstract submission for the 4th Winter Process Chemistry Conference , on 12-14 December 2016 in Glasgow is now open. The conference will include a special feature on Crystallisation & Polymorphism. The speakers will discuss the latest issues in synthetic route design, development and optimisation, reactor design, work up and purification, crystallisation,...
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£15M Emerging & Enabling Technologies Competition - Register now for briefing events

The Knowledge Transfer Network, in partnership with Innovate UK, will be hosting a series of events across the UK to discuss Innovate UK's forthcoming competition ‘ Emerging and Enabling Technologies ’.   About the Emerging & Enabling Technologies Programme The Innovate UK Emerging and Enabling Technologies programme identifies, and invests in, new technologies and...
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BIOOX Newsletter - September 2016, 3rd Edition, now published!

This month (September 2016), BIOOX will enter its final year. BIOOX has already delivered valuable science offering new insights into the enzymes and processes which will be required to develop new industrial bio-oxidation reactions. The potential for biocatalysis to improve the safety, cost, and sustainability of chemical manufacturing is becoming clear, and the final stage of the project...
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Learn how to start exporting with the Department for International Trade

Between 14th September and 8th November 2016 the Department for International Trade (DIT) – London and South East Regions  will be running “Kick-Start your Export Success”, a series of interactive events specifically  tailored to UK companies who are new to export or have not exported in the last 12 months. The events will provide London and South East-based businesses with...
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Did you miss the Health & Life Sciences Competition Briefing? Recording of webcast available now

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in projects addressing technical or commercial challenges in health and life sciences (H&LS), with the aim of increasing competitiveness for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The H&LS sector focuses on agriculture, food and healthcare . It is supported by bioscience technology, medical research and engineering and ...
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The National Formulation Centre: Opening doors to project activation and collaboration

Article by  Dr. Rachael Rowlands-Jones The National Formulation Centre  (NFC) is now open for business as announced at CPI’s Formulation Open Day at Netpark on 21 June 2016.  The NFC is looking to end-users to define what capability the formulation sector needs over the next 5-10 years.  The day provided an opportunity to tour the facilities and meet key...
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Boosting Productivity - 4th Chemicals Northwest Annual Conference, 29 Sept

The fourth Chemicals Northwest annual conference gets underway on 29 September 2016. It aims to address the important topic of productivity in the chemical industry, a wide-ranging agenda, including many practical examples is currently under development. This event aims to take in a national perspective on how overall UK industrial productivity is assessed and reported. A structured...
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