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£1.25m Feasibility Studies Competition - Resource Efficiency: New Designs for a Circular Economy

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £1.25m in feasibility studies into the re-design of products, components and systems to retain material within the economy over several cycles of use – ‘closing the loop’. The new designs should lead to products with a lower environmental impact and/or that are less dependent on the use of strategic materials.

 

Projects must be business-led and may be collaborative or led by a single company.  All must involve a distinctive design contribution. In a collaborative project, it is expected to see a new design expertise brought in by one or more partners. The project should be led by a single business contracting in relevant specialist expertise, for example from a university or design services provider.

 

The cumulative value of sub-contracts within the project should not exceed 75% of the total project costs. The main deliverable of each feasibility project will be a report summarising the approach, quantifying the benefits of the new design and outlining the next steps.

 

The competition aims to stimulate innovation in design to address two high-level challenges:

  • reducing the global environmental impact of materials that we use
  • reducing dependence on key raw materials, the supply of which is potentially at risk.

The competition is open to all UK companies and has two rounds:

  • The first round opens on 29 October 2012. The deadline for registration is noon 5 December 2012 and the deadline for applications is noon 12 December 2012.
  • The second opens on 11 February 2013. The deadline for registration is noon 20 March 2013 and the deadline for applications is noon 27 March 2013.

Grants will not exceed £25k and, for large enterprises, will be no more than 65% of their project costs, and, for small and medium-sized enterprises, no more than 75% of their project.

 

John Whittall, Lead Technologist, Resource Efficiency of the TSB gives more background on the competition and to view his blog click here

 

For further information on the competition brief click here

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