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Funding innovative and disruptive manufacturing projects for a circular economy future

To help Scottish manufacturers achieve sustainable business growth, we are now inviting grant applications of up to £1,000,000 for projects which will drive forward innovative, cost-effective or more collaborative approaches to working in the sector, as part of the wider £18m Circular Economy Investment Fund. 

Implementing the circular economy in Scotland’s manufacturing sector means rethinking the manufacturing value chain – from design through to material analysis to manufacture, disassembly and then remanufacture.  This regenerative design approach means that we can keep resources in high-value use, continually transforming materials into useful products.  Advances in technology and software in the digital age of Industry 4.0 are enabling rapid adoption of such new approaches, revolutionising industrial processes and in turn unlocking the potential of the circular economy.

Types of project which could be eligible for funding:

Project proposals for commercialisation are welcomed from small to medium sized businesses working across the Scottish manufacturing landscape including aerospace, automotive, electronics, engineering and medical device industries.

To help illustrate the scope of projects sought, some example scenarios include:

  • Collaborative business models, e.g. business hubs for shared equipment
  • 3-D printing/additive manufacturing processes to enable local repair services and create self-sufficiency
  • Designing and manufacturing of modular products for easy maintenance and repair
  • Remanufacture
  • Replacing products with services, and developing new, circular services

Further information:

Funding may be awarded to projects led by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and supported by Scotland's academic talent; or to SMEs alone or as a group to progress innovative projects themselves.

The funding is aimed at projects at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4, in other words, to take projects to commercialisation stage.

How to apply

If you are interested in making an application to the Fund, please contact Lynn Wilson, our Manufacturing Sector Manager (Lynn.Wilson@zerowastescotland.org.uk), who will be happy to discuss your project with you and talk you through the application process. Deadline for submission of applications is the 12th September 2017.

This funding is being offered as part of the £18m Circular Economy Investment Fund, which comprises support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

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