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Make your next collaborative R&D grant bid and project a success

TTIP, the global innovation consulting, training and networking group, and Catax, experts in R&D and patent box tax relief and grant sourcing, have partnered to offer UK companies unparalleled support in making your next collaborative R&D grant bid and project a success.

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UK Government Funding competition - ISCF TFI: large collaborative R&D projects (Deadline 10th March)
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to improve the productivity and competitiveness of UK foundation industries. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The TTIP team’s world class expertise in Advanced Materials and Project Management, and Catax’s expertise in Grant Sourcing, Bid Writing and Grant Claims are the ideal skill set to ensure success for both project bid and delivery for this latest round of government funding, where UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to improve the productivity and competitiveness of UK foundation industries, including cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and chemicals. Your project must work on resource and energy efficiency challenges common to two or more of the foundation industries. 

Competition dates:

  • Closes: 10th March 2021 (11:00)

  • Applicants notified: 3rd May 2021 

  • Project start: 1st September 2021 (12-24 month duration)


  • Projects to be led by a UK registered business of any size, collaborating with other UK registered businesses.

  • Consortia must include two businesses of any size from at least two foundation industry sectors. 

  • R&D work must be carried out in the UK and project results exploited from or in the UK.

  • Subcontractors preferably UK based, with costs justified and appropriate to the eligible project costs. For overseas subcontractors, a case must be made as to why no UK-based subcontractor can be used. 

  • Subsidy Control funding rules apply.


This competition aims to bring foundation industry sector businesses together with their immediate supply chain and equipment providers. Together they will work on common resource and energy efficiency challenges. It will fund cross-sector and collaborative research and development projects which:

  • Further develop technologies to reduce deployment risk and accelerate take-up across industries.

  • Develop new technologies that, when deployed, would create a step-change in resource or energy efficiency in these industries

Your project can focus on any part of the manufacturing process, including:

  • Inputs in materials and other feedstocks

  • Development of new materials

  • Process efficiency (for example heat recovery, waste utilisation)

  • business model development

Specific Themes

Your project must address one or more of these themes:

  • 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


  • Total eligible costs between £1-2 million.

  • For industrial research projects (up to but not including commercialisation), you could get funding of:

Projects not funded
Those that:

  • Do not focus on foundation industries and their immediate supply chains

  • Are undertaking feasibility studies or experimental development

  • Focus on fuel switching or greenhouse gas capture technology

  • Focus solely on skills

  • Are capital or infrastructure projects

How TTIP can support you
At TTIP, we have a world class team of advanced materials experts and innovation professionals. Our team are all highly accomplished innovators, having led businesses and large technical and operations functions for multinational corporations. Together, the team have delivered $ billions of value to companies all around the world in new product development, cost savings, business reorganisations and sales growth. To support your project we offer expert independent project management, act as technical advisors, and support successful commercialisation through IP advice and giving you access to our unmatched international network of industry players. 


How Catax can support you
At Catax, we can help put your business ahead of the competition and access potentially game-changing grant funding. Our in-house team of Grant Writers offer a grant support service that helps you to identify, apply for and manage the most appropriate grant scheme to fund and bring to market your innovative products and services. Our services include: Grant Sourcing & Bid Writing and Grant Claims.

For further information or to discuss a project idea please contact Andy Wynn at

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