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Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Community, KTN July Newsletter

July 2015
Sustainability & Resource Efficiency
Welcome to the Knowledge Transfer Network’s newsletter for the Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Community.
Research Challenges in Industrial CCS
EPSRC, as part of its contribution to the RCUK Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research to tackle challenges in Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). There is up to £4 million available to support projects  in the areas of: CO2 Capture Technologies for industry; and whole Systems Understanding of Industrial CCS.
The Long-term Care Revolution National Challenge
This SBRI competition of up to £4 million aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that disrupt the institutional long-term care model, ensuring that UK businesses are well placed to take advantage of this growing market opportunity.

SHEAR (Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience) Research Consortia Grants 2015
Outline proposals are invited for a new funding opportunity as part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) research programme, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and NERC.  SHEAR is a 5 year international, interdisciplinary programme which aims to support improved disaster resilience and humanitarian response by advancing monitoring, assessment and prediction of natural hazards and risks across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and through working with users, bring this into use in reducing the impacts of disasters.
Technology Inspired Innovation Competition
Innovate UK is to invest up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communication technology (ICT).
The Management and Use of Biofilms
Innovate UK and BBSRC are to invest up to £2.5 million in feasibility studies to encourage better management and use of biofilms.
Eureka Eurostars Programme - up to €360k Available
The Eurostars programme is targeted at innovative SMEs wanting to take part in collaborative research with partners across Europe and associated countries. 
Energy Catalyst Round 3
The Energy Catalyst round 3, £14m funding is open 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
Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Round 4
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest £40m in major integrated research and development projects through the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. Catalysts provide funding to innovative businesses and researchers working in priority areas with the aim of helping them to quickly turn excellent UK research into new or improved commercial processes and products.
The Follow-on Fund Funding Call
The Follow-on Fund is a 'proof of concept' fund to support the commercialisation of ideas arising from that NERC-funded research.This funding picks up where research programme and discovery science (responsive mode) grants leave off and enables those research outputs to be further developed so their commercial potential can be realised. Examples of activities funded include technology licensing, launching technology-based products or services, selling know-how based consultancy services, and the commercialisation of NERC-funded datasets. Proposals are invited for projects pursuing any of these approaches or, indeed, others. This call will allow proposals for up to £125k at 100% FEC (£100k NERC contribution at 80% FEC) for up to 12 months, starting in April 2016.
The Innovation Projects Open Call
The Innovation Projects Open Call will fund projects that increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of NERC funded research outputs by supporting translational and knowledge exchange activity which delivers direct tangible and demonstrable benefits to end users, particularly businesses. This call will allow proposals for up to £125k at 100% FEC (£100k NERC contribution at 80% FEC) for up to 24 months, starting in April 2016.
Green Infrastructure Innovation Projects Call
NERC is inviting proposals that address the issues and opportunities around green infrastructure (GI) in the planning and investment decisions that are made by local policymakers, local planners and organisations responsible for developing the built environment (construction, house builders, developers). A maximum of £125k (£100k at 80% FEC) may be requested.
Significant’ Progress in Flexible Packaging Recyclability Project

Significant progress has been made in trialling and developing new designs aimed at greatly improving the recyclability of flexible packaging, according to resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting, which is leading a collaborative R&D project involving high-profile global brands. Axion is working with a number of partners on the REFLEX project; Amcor Ltd, Dow Chemical Company Ltd, Interflex Group, Nestlé UK Ltd, SITA Holdings UK Ltd, TOMRA Sorting Ltd and Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd. The two-year innovative project is co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The Dowling Review of Business-university Research Collaborations

This independent review makes recommendations for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) on how government can: support relationships between UK businesses and the UK’s world-leading university researchers by reducing complexity; and foster and support relationships between researchers and business, particularly for smaller firms looking to innovate.

The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) Launched a Call for Pitches to Their 1 Year Incubator Programme for Physical Product Start-ups

Successful applicants to the CRL’s incubator programme will, free of charge, and without loss of IP or equity, be provided with: a one-to-one mentor for each team; a full time desk in a shared studio space at The Old Vinyl Factory; prototyping equipment and technical support; support to raise funding; office hours with experts from partner organisations; and support ​from expert design manufacture team. The next selection panel is during the week commencing July 20th so please apply now.


Resource Revolution: Creating the Future

WRAP’s new five year plan, ‘Resource Revolution, Creating the Future’ sets out how businesses, organisations and consumers can be part of a resource revolution that will re-invent, re-think and re-define how we use materials. It focuses on the three priority areas: Food and Drink; Clothing and Textiles; and Electricals and Electronics, all of which are underpinned by resource management. 

Agricultural and Bio-technologies: Mission to New Zealand, September 2015 - Up to £1500 Funding Will be Available to UKR&D Participants

The British High Commission in New Zealand will host a UK-to-NZ mission on Agricultural and Bio-technologies in September 2015. The mission is planned to coincide with the NZBIO, New Zealand’s annual biotechnology conference (September 23 and 24) in Wellington, New Zealand, and UK mission participants are encouraged to register and attend the event.  

£10m Defence Growth Partnership Innovation Challenge

There will be four individual themed competitions that make up the DGP innovation challenge. Two of the four planned competitions are open now. The other two competitions will open in September 2015. The first 2 themed competitions are on the subjects of training (closes on 4 August 2015) and persistent surveillance (closes on 6 August 2015). To encourage collaborative proposals, KTN have organised two brokerage events to follow the CDE launch event. These two events will take place on 13 July 2015 at the Ambassadors Bloomsbury, London. This is an excellent opportunity for attendees to hear details of the call requirements and explore the formation of new collaborative partnerships.

Rethinking Finance In A Circular Economy Report
Rethinking Finance In A Circular Economy’ is a recently released report that analyses the opportunities for financial institutions in a transition to the circular economy. The report, written and produced by ING Group discusses the emergence of circular business models and the implications for finance.
Nominate Your Candidate for the Millennium Technology Prize
Nominations are now open for the Millennium Technology Prize, Finland's tribute to innovations for a better life. The aims of the prize are to promote technological research and Finland as a high-tech Nordic welfare state.
Model Behavior II: Strategies to Rewire Business 
A year after SustainAbility published its most popular report, Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability, they did more research on this topic. Their Model Behavior II: Strategies to Rewire Business offers guidance to large companies and innovators within those organizations to harness the power of business model innovation that creates a more sustainable future. SustainAbility’s report demonstrates that large companies can in fact undertake transformative shifts to their business models that will set them on a more sustainable path. Model Behavior II provides internal innovators, like chief sustainability officers and their team members, with perspective on how to approach business model innovation for sustainability and gives them the tools to drive that change.


UK DSC SBRI Brokering Event - Agile, Immersive Mission Training

13th July, London

This KTN event will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear further details of the Agile, immersive mission training call and with plenty of networking time to enable the formation of new collaborative partnerships. 
UK DSC SBRI Brokering Event - Persistent Surveillance From the Air
13th July 2015, London
The Persistent surveillance from the air themed competition seeks research proposals for innovative sensor and communications technologies to enable a step change in persistent aerial surveillance capability. This KTN event is an excellent opportunity for attendees to hear details of the call requirements and explore the formation of new collaborative partnerships.
Managing Water in the Construction Lifecycle: The Opportunity for Innovation

14th July 2015, London

This KTN event will explore the way that water is used, managed and measured throughout the construction lifecycle as well as the carbon implications; it will consider what innovations are required to address these challenges. The one day event will have presentations from key experts in the morning and workshop groups in the afternoon.


Practical Applications of Remote Sensing for Asset Management
14th July 2015, Wakefield
Are you interested in finding out how remote sensing can help with water utility asset management?  This event will focus on practical applications that can be applied to a range of uses for water catchment and asset management.
Thermal Technologies Collaboration Nation
14th July 2015, Birmingham
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), in partnership with KTN will be hosting a Collaboration Nation event to promote the successful projects funded through two recent DECC competitions; Heat Networks Demonstrator and Advanced Thermal Storage Technologies.
MOD SBRI Enhanced Individual Protective Equipment Call Launch Event
14th July 2015, London
The MOD call seeks innovative technologies, concepts and solutions to optimise NDE capabilities. KTN is supporting MOD by hosting a launch event in London. This event will be an opportunity to hear all the details about the call and build collaborations.

Preview of H2020 Transport Work Programme Priorities for 2016

15th July 2015, Birmingham
KTN, in cooperation with Innovate UK, is to host a special preview event offering first sight of the next round of Horizon 2020 transport funding calls.
AEC Hackathon Weekend: Built Environment
17-19th July 2015, London
Are you operating in the Built Environment or Smart Cities? Do you want to come and play in a team of innovators at a unique event? Are you a construction company who would be willing to provide a challenge for hack teams to tackle? Working with the Future Cities Catapult, AEC Hackathon London will be hosted at the Urban Innovation Centre at the heart of London’s tech city, and the UK’s urban innovation cluster. This Hackathon weekender is open to AEC professionals, tech developers and UI/UX designers, either as individuals or in teams.
15th September 2015, Birmingham
RWM 2015 focuses on Resource Efficiency and Waste Management Solutions. KTN is hosting a stand at the event where we give latest information about Innovate UK and its support for the waste industry and the wider circular economy. KTN will also contribute to both the theatre and workshop events to promote latest awards from both circular economy and value from waste competitions.
Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement Conference
15th September 2015, Birmingham
This conference ocuses on the developments and key issues facing those involved in formulating and implementing the responsible/sustainable procurement policies of their organisation. KTN is supporting the conference and able to offer you a 15% discount to attend.
Integrated Water Resources Management Conference
​16th September 2015, Birmingham
The Integrated Water Resources Management Conference, taking place on day one of Sustainable Water 2015, examines the challenges of balancing economics and the environment and will provide a timely opportunity to consider the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the next round of River Basin Management Plans. KTN is supporting the conference and able to offer you a 15% discount to attend.
Water Industry Energy and Carbon Management Conference 2015
17th September 2015, Birmingham
The Water Industry Energy and Carbon Management Conference 2015, taking place on day two of Sustainable Water 2015 on the 17th September, examines the challenges of reducing energy usage and carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy investment. KTN is supporting the conference and able to offer you a 15% discount.
 Horizon 2020 Information Day
21st September 2015, Brussels
The European Commission is organising an Information Day on 21 September in Brussels to present the 2016 work programme of Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials"
 World Agri-Tech Investment Summit
3-4th November 2015, London
World Agri-Tech Investment Summit returns to London for two days of networking and debate. Global agribusinesses, VC investors and technology start-ups from around the world come together to uncover the most exciting innovations in agricultural technology – and to forge the right partnerships to take those solutions to market. KTN is supporting this event and is delighted to offer all KTN members 20% discount.
Disruptive Innovation Festival 2015
2-20th  November
A three­-week online event that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, industry, makers, learners and doers to explore and respond to the changing economy.
Innovate UK 2015
9-10th November 2015, London
Supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and hosted by Innovate UK and UKTI, this two-day event will once again bring together 3,000 of the UK’s most exciting innovators with investors, global corporates and the research base. KTN will be part of this crucial event in the innovation calendar.
Resource Summit
27th January 2015, Birmingham
The Resource Summit is a one-day conference of invaluable, practical sessions designed to help you incorporate a circular economy model into your business.
Water Industry Supplier Conference
25th November 2015, Birmingham
The Water Industry Supplier Conference is an event that brings together senior directors from UK water sector consultancies, contractors and subcontractors, equipment manufacturers and service providers of all sizes. KTN is supporting the conference and is able to offer you a 15% discount. 
Water Scotland 2015
7th October 2015, Glasgow
KTN is supporting the annual Water Scotland Conference and Exhibition, the event dedicated to the evolving needs of the Scottish water industry. This CPD–certified event will bring together over 150 stakeholders involved in delivering the Government's vision for a sustainable future.
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