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Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Community, KTN June Newsletter

June 2015
Sustainability & Resource Efficiency
Welcome to the Knowledge Transfer Network’s newsletter for the Sustainability & Resource Efficiency Community.
Arup Research Challenge 2015
Global Research Challenge is an annual award which aims at increasing the breadth and depth of Arup's knowledge in specifically chosen areas. It is open to any organisation in collaboration with an Arup member of staff. This year they are focusing on four areas:Enabling the urban circular economy; evidence-based decision making in cities; low carbon multimodal mobility; and new approaches to financing city infrastructure. They anticipate funding between five and eight projects with budgets ranging from £30k to £50k.


Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 4

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers £70m funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to global agricultural challenges.

Industrial CASE Studentship Competition
The Industrial CASE Studentship Competition promotes collaboration between the research community and the end-users of research. Applications must demonstrate excellent science research along with the potential for societal or economic impact through strong collaboration with the non-academic (CASE) partner(s) and the provision of high quality training in research skills.

Innovation Vouchers Round 12
You can get an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5,000 to pay for an external expert to help your business grow. You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use design within your business. You can ask them to help you make the most of intellectual property (IP). You can also use Innovation Vouchers to buy time and support on specialist equipment or facilities.
Enhanced Individual Protective Equipment Call 
Up to £1 million is available for Phase 1 of this two phase competition funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The aim of this competition is to explore innovative technologies, materials, designs or concepts to optimise Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) deployed in harsh, hostile and toxic environments.
APC4: Driving UK Capability and Economic Impact Through Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies 
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK is to invest up to £60m in collaborative research and development funding to support the development of low carbon, low emission automotive propulsion technologies.

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.
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.
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.
London’s Waste Infrastructure Investment Fund
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has a £20 million fund aimed at supporting businesses, primarily SMEs, willing to develop waste treatment infrastructure projects in London. This support takes the form of debt funding and is offered on commercial terms to medium and high-risk projects which are not able to secure funding from the private sector alone.
Low Carbon Transport Voucher
£1000 Innovation Voucher grant to support your low carbon transport innovations. The vouchers allow businesses to access specialist consultancy that can be provided by universities, research institutes, consultancies, or one of your own suppliers.
EU-funded Project INNEON Offers Opportunities to SMEs and Investors in Eco-innovation
The INNEON network for eco-innovation investment aims to extend public and private funding sources available for eco-innovation and social innovation in Europe, and provide a unique forum dedicated to the interaction between a select cohort of innovators and relevant investors. Selected SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups can benefit from the provision of fully-funded, bespoke coaching support, leading to introductions to potential investors, including business angels, venture capital and corporate investors.
WISE Awards: Celebrating Individuals and Organisations that are Leading the Way for Women in STEM

WISE is a campaign to inspire girls and women to study, work and build careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM).  The 2015 WISE Awards are open for nominations of individuals and organisations that should be recognised for the support they give for girls and women in STEM. The deadline for nominations is 9.00am Monday 17 August 2015.

Proof of Concept Funding - Have Your Say

Innovate UK is carrying out a review of proof of concept funding for businesses and academics and are asking businesses, universities, public sector research establishments, other research organisations and fund managers to take a short online survey to help them establish the facts.

They want to know how different organisations and sectors view proof of concept funding, and to understand what sources of proof of concept funding are available and how they are being used by businesses and researchers.

REBus - Free Consultancy to Innovate Your Business Model and Make it More Profitable

The REBus programme is offering the opportunity for selected companies to get in-depth free support on circular economy business models and is now looking for a select group of approximately 20 small and medium sized organisations that have identified an opportunity but would benefit from assistance to turn it into a commercial reality.



IET Innovation Awards

The annual IET Innovation Awards showcase the very best new innovations in science, engineering and technology. Closing date is 3rd July 2015. 

ESOF’s ‘Science to Business Programme’ Calls For You to Propose an Innovative Session Exploring the Major Issues for Research Within Business and Industry and the Role of Universities for Business.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this high profile event in Manchester, July 2016. Which expects to attract over 4,000 delegates. The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is an interdisciplinary meeting of researchers, industry and business professionals, politicians, innovators, science journalists and the media.  

Funding for a Low Carbon Business or Project?

Are you seeking capital for your low carbon or cleantech business? If so, you are invited to apply for ecoConnect's Greenbackers programme, to meet active, pre-qualified investors for equity funding from £100K to £5M.


There are 2 parts to the programme:


1) An online deal platform, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) compliant, a marketplace where you can post your investment profile to a growing community of UK and EU investors.


2) A Live Pitch, qualified investors eager to meet and hear from you personally. Held quarterly in London, this boardroom-style format provides an excellent opportunity for up to 5 selected entrepreneurs to present their investment propositions to a personally invited group of over 30 investors drawn from across the sector, including: Venture Capital Firms, Business Angels and Syndicates, Family Offices, Corporate Venturer Funds and Specialist Finance.

EU Commission Asks the Public for Ideas to Develop the Circular Economy
The European Commission has opened a public consultation to collect views on the main policy options for developing an ambitious new approach on the Circular Economy. Stakeholders' input will help feed the preparation of the new action plan, to be presented by the end of 2015.
Wanted: Innovative Manufacturers
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre offers a world-class design and prototyping team to help high value manufacturing businesses realise new products and services.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 
If you have a sustainable project, person, organisation or innovation worth shouting about, there is no excuse not to enter the Awards that recognises true sustainable innovation within the corporate sector. Entry to the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 will stay open until Thursday 23rd July, but the Early Bird rate is only available until the 30th June.
NERC Innovation Projects Call 
The next Innovation Projects and Follow on Fund calls are likely to open in July 2015 and close in October 2015. The aim of the Innovation Projects call is to increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of NERC funded research output by supporting translational and knowledge exchange activity which delivers direct tangible and demonstrable benefits to end users, particularly businesses. The Follow-on Fund is a simple and straightforward process which helped to ensure that a research has the greatest possible impact. 
Bring the Circular Economy to Life With a Pop-up Repair Clinic in Your Company
The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise which encourages people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce waste. They help people learn to repair their own electronics in community events and in workplaces across the UK.
Newton-Ungku Omar Fund: Visit to Malaysia Has Been Rescheduled

The Research & Innovation (R&I) Visit to Malaysia has been rescheduled (from 4-10th July) to 25-30th July 2015. Accordingly the application deadline has been extended to 5:00pm Friday 19th June 2015. The UK and Malaysian governments have established the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund to support Malaysia’s urbanisation agenda, which will promote economic growth, equity and environmental sustainability hand-in-hand.

The Fund is enabling research and innovation partnerships between the UK and Malaysia to strengthen; excellent joint research to emerge; and new commercial solutions to the challenges of urbanisation to be developed. To help UK and Malaysian participants interested in this competition to meet and develop collaborative partnerships, the Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd (KTN) on behalf of Innovate UK and MIGHT is organising a visit for UK stakeholders to Malaysia on 25-30th July 2015.

Circular Economy in Horizon2020 Webinar Recording is Now Available
On the 8th of June KTN hosted a webinar which provided a brief overview of the expected European funding opportunities in the 2016/17 Horizon2020 work programmes and details of support available. Presentations and and a recording from the event can be downloaded from our website.
How to Set Up or Improve a Reuse System in Your Organisation
This event explores the financial, social and environmental benefits that are created by the reuse and repair of assets within organisations. 
Open Source Circular Economy Days 2015
12-14 June, London
The London event, supported by KTN, will be held at the Fab Lab London. It’s open to all; designers, coders, data scientists, engineers, campaigners, policy makers, waste & resource industry and many more.
Air Quality Hackathon
13-14 June, London
The International Conference on Remanufacturing (ICoR 2015)

15 June, Amsterdam

ICoR 2015 will be held in RAI Amsterdam the Netherlands as part of the first International Remanufacturing week. In this event the major remanufacturing events, ICoR, ReMaTec and the World Remanufacturing Summit will run in sequence to show case remanufacturing for a whole week.


London’s Climathon
18 June, London
This is a 24-hour hackathon to tackle London’s Energy, Water, Waste and Governance challenges.
Colnovate 2015
23 June, Cardiff
The CoInnovate merges an open innovation conference with engaging workshops. Two-days where investors and the academic, SME and industrial community will share best practices, pitch technologies and explore real business-led challenges presented by world-leading organisations; Airbus, General Dynamics UK and GE Healthcare.
Innovate UK Materials in Demanding Environments Competition Scope Webinar
26 June, online
To address the challenge of increasing demand of materials in all sectors, Innovate UK will open a Feasibility Study Competition in October 2015. During this Webinar, a presentation will be made of the Scope of the Competition and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

UK AD & Biogas 2015

1 July, Birmingham
UK AD & Biogas 2015 is a free show at the NEC in Birmingham which features an R&D Hub within the main trade show. The Hub will highlight the value of R&D to AD businesses and talk about the exciting prospects for higher value products that could complement the AD process.
New Designers - KTN Industry Workshops 2015
2 July, London
KTN is hosting a series of industry workshop events to accompany the New Designers 30th anniversary exhibition of graduating designers from across the UK. These interactive workshops are an exciting forum for industry, funders and university tutors to come together and learn more about the opportunities for design in innovation across a wide range of business sectors.
EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability 4th Annual Conference and Exhibition
6-7 July, Cambridge
At this Conference you will hear insights from cutting-edge industry practitioners, leading academic researchers and forward-thinking policymakers on factory efficiency, radical systems innovation, material efficiency, zero-waste manufacturing and much more.  See the impact from our new tools for sustainable businesses at the Conference Exhibition and network with other organisations helping to drive business change.
ISIE Conference 2015 - Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology
7-10 July, Guilford
In an exciting addition to the usual platform and poster presentations of current research, there will be a series of presentations and panel discussions around the theme of the conference – “Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology”. These will review what industrial ecology has achieved so far, how it is being applied and how it needs to develop in future.
MOD SBRI Enhanced Individual Protective Equipment Call Launch Event
14 July, 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. 
15 September, 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
15 September, 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
27 January, 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
17 September, 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.
Disruptive Innovation Festival 2015
2-20 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
9-10 November, 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.

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