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Scottish Institute for Remanufacture - Call for Proposals - Circular Economy

Extending the useful life of products, enabling multiple product lifecycle
 

The Circular Economy is central to Scotland’s Industrial future, as it is widely accepted that the linear nature of product development “take, make, use, dispose” is unsustainable, both economically and environmentally due to the finite nature of essential resources.  Consequently there is growing national and international recognition that the circular economy model, where products are reused, repaired, reconditioned and remanufactured, rather than disposed of, is the only way in which the growing demand for products can be met and as such, the opportunities for industry and academia involvement are significant.


The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) is at the forefront of supporting resource efficiency in Scotland as the move towards a Circular Economy gathers pace.  It is estimated that the current size of the European remanufacturing industry is just under €30bn and forecasts, based on market studies, predict that the industry could grow to €90bn by 2030.


SIR invites applications for the support of collaborative projects between  industry and  academic partners, in all areas of repair, reuse, reconditioning and remanufacture.   The application must be submitted by an academic in partnership with a company based, or with significant activity, in Scotland.


FUNDING
SIR funding of £5,000 to £50,000 per project is available. This is a Matched Funding program, companies will match the SIR contribution through staff time, equipment or equivalent. This ‘call for proposals’, will (unlike previous SIR calls) fund a proportion of the academic overheads (at a rate of 70% FEC as defined by UKRC)
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
Applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) form by the 2nd December 2016 with full proposals (after feedback on the EOI) due on 10th January 2016 and funding decisions expected by the end of January 2017.


Contact sir-enquiries@strath.ac.uk and request an Expression of Interest Form or visit our website to download an expression of interest form.


Timeline


Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 2nd December 2016



Deadline for Project Proposals: 
10th January 2017



Funding will be approved by the end of January 2017.


SIR FUNDING DOCUMENTS


The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) enables and supports innovation and collaboration between industry and Scotland’s academic researchers.  To date SIR have awarded project funding in excess of £330,000, combining specialist knowledge with advanced research techniques and machinery to drive innovation and process improvements across a broad range of topics including:
•    Cleaning techniques
•    Precision measurement
•    Non-destructive validation and testing of components
•    Business models
•    Business tools
•    Product design and re-design for re-use
•    Material assessment
•    Predicting the remaining life of components.


The projects have connected industry partners in sectors such as automotive, marine, aerospace, energy and ICT with academic partners from:
•    Heriot Watt Business School
•    University of Strathclyde Chemistry, Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering Departments
•    Robert Gordon University Engineering Department
•    University West of Scotland Engineering and Computing Department
•     Abertay University School of Science, Engineering and Technology


Projects that are currently being investigated require expertise in enzymes, material repair, composite materials and additive manufacturing.
Any SIR funding constitutes State Aid as defined under Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty of Rome and would be granted as ‘de minimis’ aid under Commission Regulation 1407/2013 (the "De Minimis Aid Regulation”). European Commission rules prohibit any undertaking from receiving more than €200,000 ‘de minimis’ aid over any period of three fiscal years. Any ‘de minimis’ aid granted over the €200,000 limit may be subject to repayment with interest.  Subsequent submission of a full application will constitute confirmation of your awareness of and adherence to the De Minimis Aid Regulation.

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