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Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Community, KTN March Newsletter

March 2015
Sustainability & Resource Efficiency
Welcome to the Knowledge Transfer Network’s newsletter for the Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Community.
Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), launched the ‘Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing’ competition to challenge firms to come up with new ways of developing the skills and business practices needed to maximise the value of innovation to the UK economy. Manufacturing firms have been invited to bid for a share of £1 million to boost UK innovation. 

Supporting Climate Change Research

UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science which will be awarding $5million in grants for research programmes into rain enhancement.  The funding is part of a focus on addressing the growing issue of water security that is coming under even greater pressures as a result of global water use increasing at twice the rate of population growth.

Integrated Transport: Local Authority Solutions 

Innovate UK has launched a £9m funding competition for collaborative research & development. The aim of this competition is to meet user needs by connecting people and/or goods to transport products and services. 

Production Line Readiness for High-Value Manufacturing   

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in late-stage experimental development projects to help companies bring recent technology innovations closer to the point of manufacturing readiness. 

Funding for Industry-led Collaborative Research Projects Using Biotechnology   

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) has recently opened its latest Exemplar Project Competition and is inviting applications from industry-led projects with a total value of up to £250,000 that demonstrate a defined market need and commercial opportunity. 

Smart - 2015-16 - Round 6

A grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology.

Building Whole Life Performance 

Innovate UK is investing up to £4million in collaborative R&D projects that can lead to better whole-life performance of buildings. The aim is to maximise the long-term economic, societal and environmental contribution of buildings, by improving their whole-life performance.

Call for Knowledge Exchange Fellowship Opportunities

KE Fellowships focus on accelerating and amplifying economic impact and improvements in quality of life from NERC-funded research, by working with business, NGOs or government bodies.

Circular Economy: Business Models Competition 

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.

NERC First Round of Highlight Topics - A New Route for Funding Strategic Research

NERC has allocated £12m to this call and a maximum of £3m is available per highlight topic. NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics: understanding and predicting anomalous trends in surface temperature and implications for decadal to centennial climate behaviour; environmental pathways, impacts and fate of manufactured nanomaterials; dynamics of freshwater ecosystems within an integrated landscape system; integrated dynamics of natural capital systems: bringing the natural environment into economic decision making; eDNA: a key new tool for 21st century ecology. 

Cleaner, More Efficient Conventional Fuels Funding Call
Innovate UK is to invest up to £5m in collaborative R&D and feasibility studies to stimulate innovation in the extraction and use of conventional fossil fuels. The aim is to improve efficiency, reduce cost and minimise the environmental impact of coal, natural gas and oil.  Projects must be business-led and all must involve an SME.
India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D 
Innovate UK will support R&D projects involving Indian and UK businesses - leading to economic growth and benefits to society. Funding is available to help UK and Indian businesses work together to address 4 challenges: cleantech energy, affordable healthcare, advanced manufacturing, use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) in any of the focus areas.
£10M Call for Research Proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing 
The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the research challenges that underpin autonomous manufacturing. This call invites Expressions of Interest which will be assessed by a short-listing panel. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to submit full proposals.
Innovation Vouchers - Round 11
Innovate UK's national Innovation Voucher scheme is designed to help businesses gain the knowledge they need to innovate and grow. The Innovation Vouchers, up to £5K, are for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with ‘knowledge suppliers' such as: universities and further education colleges, research and technology organisations, technical consultancies, Catapult centres, design advisers, and Intellectual Property advisers. 
Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship Scheme - Support to Researchers and Innovators
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising technology-based business ideas. RSE Enterprise Fellowships are available to support business ideas across a wide range of commercial sectors: aerospace, defence and marine; chemical sciences; construction; creative industries; energy; financial services; food and drink; forest and timber technologies; life sciences; manufacturing; textiles; tourism; and enabling technologies and convergent areas.
First DemoWind call
DemoWind opened its first joint call on 25 February 2015. 6 countries and regions are participating in this call, which has an overall funding budget of 31M EUR. DemoWind aims to support the development and demonstration of innovative technologies which can reduce the cost of offshore wind energy. DemoWind in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network ran a webinar on 4 March 2015 to introduce the Joint Call 2015. The material from this webinar is now available here.
Multi-Disciplinary Low Carbon Fuels 
EPSRC, as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research that will advance low carbon fuels generation toward deployment. This £6M call is aimed to address low carbon fuel generation. EPSRC expects bids to be cross-cutting and involve several disciplines, research areas and fuel types.
Energy Catalyst Round 2
The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in the energy sector. Up to £14m is available for the second round of the Catalyst to innovative businesses and researchers from any sector who can address the three major challenges facing the energy sector - the energy ‘trilemma' of: reducing emissions, improving security of supply, and reducing cost.
Creating Smart Products from Smart Materials
Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6m in collaborative R&D projects to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials. The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events.
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, that invites people around the world to address critical sustainability issues using nature as a guide.
RNLI Lifeboat Decommissioning Challenge in partnership with LoToNo
What would you do with 86 search-and-rescue lifeboats, including 172 high-powered engines, 86 radar systems, 954 tonnes of composite materials and 43 tonnes of plastic? Over the next 10 years, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will decommission three different classes of lifeboat.  The potential to recover, reuse, recycle and reimagine these lifeboats and their components is huge. This is a call to experts and specialists to submit commercial solutions and innovative proposals for lifeboat decommissioning, including hard-to-dispose-of materials like composites. Working with LoToNo, RNLI is inviting engineers, technologists, researchers, designers and waste specialists from across Europe to work on this challenge.  This could be the start of a commercial relationship for you with the RNLI, and might offer business solutions for other industry sectors.
KTN Launch Event: Capturing Value in Coming Revolutions

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held its launch event on 26 February in Westminster. Under the banner ‘The Future. Faster.’ over two hundred guests assembled from government, the civil service, academia, business and industry to hear about KTN’s vision and impact as the UK’s agency for innovation. From inventing the world wide web to making blockbuster movies, the UK has earned its reputation for world-leading creativity and inventiveness. KTN is helping secure the UK’s future by playing to those strengths. Working with large and small companies, government agencies, research organisations, venture capitalists and private investors, KTN has built a unique network that helps people and companies dedicated to innovation reach their potential in the market place.

Resource 2015 - KTN and Innovate UK

KTN and Innovate UK had a busy week at Resource & Ecobuild 2015.  Resource event boasts innovation, learning, solutions and collaboration for businesses looking to improve resource efficiency and adopt circular economy models and is co-located with Ecobuild - the sustainable construction event.  KTN and Innovate UK were there in force to meet businesses, launch competitions and provide support and networking to those with ideas ripe for exploitation.

Circular Economy Business Models Competition - Workshop Presentations Available

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance. Innovate UK launched the Circular economy: business models competition at Resource 2015 last week and presentations are now available. 



Join our Remanufacturing Community

This is an online community working together to support excellence in UK remanufacturing and help exploit the massive opportunity that it represents. By joining this group you will become part of our growing list of contacts across industry and academia who are already engaged with remanufacturing, or keen to be. A strong community demonstrates appetite for further support from government.

STYLE - Sustainability Toolkit for Easy Life-Cycle Evaluation

Project STYLE seeks to identify and deliver a practical ‘toolkit’ that can be used by future EU projects and industry to assess the value (in sustainability terms) of new technologies and process modifications that seek to make resource and energy efficiency improvements.

Re-manufacturing Report

Cabinet Secretary, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, has published a report which examines just how valuable the remanufacturing industry – which employs some 17,000 people across the country – is to Scotland. The report identifies the major areas of remanufacturing activity in Scotland – the aerospace, automotive, energy, and rail sectors. There are other sectors which could also support significant remanufacturing activity, including ICT and medical equipment.

Strengthening UK Manufacturing Supply Chains
On the 26th February 2015 the Department of Business Innovation & Skills published a report which is described as: "An action plan for government and industry”.
EU Supports €1.5m Project on Remanufacturing
Oakdene Hollins has led a successful bid to develop the European remanufacturing industry. Its €1.5 million project under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding will look to engage with remanufacturers from across Europe.  The aim of the project, which started in early 2015, is to grow this important activity which is a key component of the circular economy and vital to making European industry more resilient to global competition.
New Document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: What Does it Mean in the Building Sector?
A new document titled “Building Whole-Life Performance” has been developed by the Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network. It provides answers, examples and references for those who are interesting in knowing more about the topic.  
SEED Awards 2015 for Social and Environmental Enterprises in Countries with Developing and Emerging Economies
The SEED Awards 2015 invites applications from social and environmental enterprises that contribute to sustainable development. This year SEED Initiative will make available up to 31 SEED Awards. The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in sustainable development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.
Birmingham BioPower
The Business Minister Matthew Hancock MP, announced £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a new fund targeting smaller-scale, innovative, recycling and waste projects across the UK during his visit to a new advanced-technology waste-to-energy plant in Birmingham on 9th February 2015
Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Energy-Environment-Food Nexus
To address the challenges associated with evaluating complexity, ESRC, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Environment Agency (EA) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are developing a new research centre. The overarching aim of the Centre is to pioneer, test and promote innovative and inclusive methods to analyse evaluations across the energy-environment-food nexus where complexity presents an integral challenge to policy interventions.
Horizon2020 Webinar
12th March, online

In preparation for the 5th May 2015 Horizon 2020 Call deadline for Low Carbon Energy and Smart Cities proposals the EU Energy Focus team will deliver a webinar focusing on how to address the evaluation criteria effectively. The focus will be on the Research and Innovation Actions and Innovation Action topics.

LONGITUDE PRIZE: What Makes a Winner?
16th March,London

The Longitude Prize Committee and Nesta are holding an event where you can  hear about the £10m Longitude Prize and how you could get involved.

Creating Smart Products From Smart Materials Competition Briefing

Glasgow - 18 March 2015

Belfast - 23 March 2015

London - 25 March 2015

Cardiff - 27 March 2015

The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events.

The events will give potential applicants the opportunity to find out more about the call and understand its scope as well as network with other applicants. This will provide the chance to discuss and expand thoughts on potential areas of investigation into proposed projects and to identify potential partners for any submission.

Design in Action Chiasma: Textiles - Circular by Design
18th March, Edinburgh

Design in Action and Zero Waste Scotland invites academics, organisations, businesses and designers to take part in an exciting 2-day residential workshop and networking event to collaborate on generating and developing innovative ideas for the Scottish textiles sector. Following the event, there is the opportunity for attendees to apply for funding up to £20k to prototype ideas as near-to-market solutions.

Creating a Kettle or Providing Boiled Water?
19th March, London
In this day-long workshop, the Great Recovery team will introduce the concept of service design and will cover its basic applications and benefits to business for a circular economy, taking participants through a design process with practical exercises.
DECC Wetland Biomass to Bioenergy Demonstration Events DECC Wetland Biomass to Bioenergy Demonstration Events

26th March, Scotland

27th March, Scotland

Are you interested in bio-energy - briquetting, biomass boilers, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis? Are you a land manager who needs help harvesting biomass from the wetland environments? If the answer to either of these questions is yes then you might be interested in attending a free demonstration event being organised on behalf of the Department of energy and climate change (DECC). This will be the last chance to see the technologies developed through funding provided by DECC to create an integrated wetland biomass to bio-energy system.
ADBA R&D Forum
14th April, Southampton
This event is organised by ADBA R&D Forum in partnership with the BBSRC Anaerobic Digestion Network and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Bridging the gap between industry and academia, this event is the best way to learn how research can increase your competitive edge. With falling government funding, the AD sector has never been under more pressure to improve operational performance, manage environmental practice and to find ways of maximising the energy and fertiliser outputs of the process as well as looking to create newer, higher-value products. ADBA’s 2015 R&D Forum will bring together the AD industry, academia and the public sector to understand how existing R&D can help achieve these goals and how R&D could best support these goals in future. This is the event to attend if you want to hear about the latest AD research, influence R&D spend, share knowledge with academia and get answers to your questions; it is a must for those involved in engineering, operating, developing or designing AD plants. 


The World Waste to Energy City Summit
19th May, London
The 2015 World Waste to Energy City Summit, supported by KTN, brings together its best ever faculty of international waste management CEOs, developers, bankers, private equity financiers, technology providers and industrial end users for two days of intensive networking. Register now and quote KTN2015 to receive 20% discount.




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