The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has launched grant funding for cross-sector and collaborative R&D projects focused on transforming foundation industries (TFI) in the U.K. Emphasis is on the following foundation industries:

  • cement
  • paper
  • glass
  • ceramics
  • metals
  • chemicals

Eligible projects must aim to improve the productivity and competitiveness of foundation industry companies and/or related supply chains. Projects must also address at least one of the following resource or energy efficiency challenges:

  • heat recovery and utilisation
  • sensors, controls and digitalisation
  • waste utilisation and symbiosis
  • other energy or resource efficiency improvements (business model, process, product or supply chain)


Funding rate:

Up to 70% grant funding for project costs of between £1 million and £2 million


The closing date for applications is 10 March 2021.

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