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Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams.

Competition Scope

The aim of this competition is to develop processes for dealing with continuously produced waste streams to maximise the value of recovered resources. Proposals should describe how they seek to maximise the value of outputs and, for this reason, those solely seeking to recover energy from waste are out of scope. Projects focused on product-return approaches, such as remanufacture, refurbishment and leasing, are also out of scope.

Potential areas include (but are not limited to):

·      improved collection schemes

·      techniques for identification of materials and parts

·      identification and processing of waste materials at speed

·      real-time monitoring of contaminants

·      recovery of valuable resources from wastewater or factory effluent

Click here to download the competition brief.

Competition Group

A group has been created to support people wishing to enter the competition. Please join this group to receive updates regarding the competition, events and to contribute to the discussion board.

Competition Events

A brokerage event is planned for 14th January 2015 in London. Please save the date!

Support from the KTN

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Take a look at the winners of past competitions here and here for a spot of inspiration.

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Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.

They are seeking projects that explore commercial models for a circular economy of goods in which resources are kept in productive use for longer following primary production – ideally at the same value or use. Projects will be expected to design a pilot to demonstrate how the model could become part of normal business.

Feasibility studies (mainly pre-industrial research projects) must be collaborative and business-led. Projects are open to companies of any size. Consortia should include a business that has a relationship with the final customer and can enable the return of products. The amount of funding you can receive varies according to the type of organisation and type of research being undertaken. Funding levels for feasibility study research will change for competitions opening from 1 January 2015.

Projects are expected to last 6 months and to range in size from total costs of £25k – £50k.

This competition opens on 2 March 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 8 April 2015, and the deadline for applications is at noon on 15 April 2015. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held at the Resource Event in London on 3 March 2015. A webinar detailing the competition scope and application process will be broadcast on 9 March 2015 (save the dates!).

Go to the Innovate UK website for more information: