ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Hub

This call is only for applications that were assessed in the previous outline stage of this funding call and were subsequently invited to submit to this second stage.

The Transforming Foundation Industries ISCF Challenge will be investing up to £4.7m in a Research and Innovation Hub which will be delivered by EPSRC on behalf of UKRI. The aim of this Challenge is to enable the foundation industries (made of six separate sectors: metal, glass, ceramics, paper, cement and chemicals) to work together to address their common challenges of competitiveness and sustainability. The Research and Innovation Hub call is a cross-Council opportunity that aims to fund a new cross-sector and multi-disciplinary research centre for the ‘ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries’ programme that will work to accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies and business models within the Foundation Industries.

Applications will only be accepted from those who were successful at the outline stage and have been invited to submit a full proposal. Applicants must submit their full proposal by 16.00 on 01 December 2020. The full proposal will be assessed by an expert interview panel.

Key Dates



Call Open - Outline Stage

8 July 2020

Intent to submit - Smart Survey

16.00 Hours 8 August 2020

Call Closed - Outline Stage

3 September 2020

Outline Panel

w/c 5 October 2020

Call Open - Full Proposal

13 October 2020

Call Closed - Full Proposal

1 December 2020

Interview Panel

January 2021

Funding Decision

February 2021

Grant Start Date

1 April 2021


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