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Innovate UK Funding Competition – Round 2

Innovate UK Funding Competition – Round 2

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.5 million in circular economy innovation projects.

This funding forms part of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research programme (NICER). It enables SMEs to engage with and benefit from access to expertise at five research centres and hub via collaborative research and development (CR&D) activities.

The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development projects that address the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy.

Your proposal must demonstrate how you will create a step-change in the adoption of circular economy approaches. For further details please visit the Innovate UK website.

Register here for Live virtual Q&A Sessions hosted by Innovate UK on 13th & 20th October 11.00-12.00


Key dates:

13 October 2022: Competition opens

16 November 2022: Last date for contacting other NICER centres to request a Letter of support

7 December 2022: Competition closes 12.00pm

6 February 2023: Applicants notified


Project size

Your project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £150,000..


How to apply for the grant?

Please read the guidance on applying for a competition on the Innovation Funding Service before you start. If you need more information about how to apply please email

How to collaborate with CircularChem?

We are keen to support SMEs who contribute to the NICER programme principles and are focused on chemicals resource flow, particularly olefins.

Collaboration opportunities in the following areas are invited:


•Thermochemical conversion

•Anaerobic digestion

•Algal technologies


•Process simulation

•Chemical, Structural & Mechanical Analysis

How to request for letters of support?

If you wish to collaborate with CircularChem please complete our funding proposal scoping form. This will help us assess the alignment of your proposal with the broadewr NICER programme and expertise within CircularChem.

Due to the large volume of queries we have a fixed number of virtual meeting slots available for booking on a first come, first served basis. Please note these meetings are no longer available.

Do you need support in preparing your application?

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has a dedicated Investment team who have produced a useful guide on how to apply for funding. Download the ‘Good Application Guide’

The KTN can also support your funding or help you find partners, click here for more information. The Chemicals KTN contact is

Innovate UK Q&A sessions