Sustainable manufacturing is consideredc to be of critical importance across the full range of process industries, including sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, coatings & lubricants, food & drink, oil & fuel, mining and construction materials. In such sectors there is a drive for faster, more effective product design and manufacture in order to become more globally competitive.
The TSB will be seeking proposals for projects that will develop innovative approaches in areas such as:
- Changing batch to continuous processes;
- Novel catalysis;
- Innovative heat management or input in process;
- Solvent free reactions or use of novel solvents;
- Process measurement and analysis.
Collaborative R&D projects should last one to three years and will atract up to 50% public funding; feasibility projects should last six to nine months and will attract up to 75% public funding.
The competition opens on 27 February 2012.
The deadline for applications for feasibility funding is at noon on 25 April 2012
; there is a two-stage process for collaborative R&D funding. Expressions of interest must be submitted by noon on 25 April 2012
and the second stage for invited applicants opens on 21 May 2012. The deadline for final applications is at noon on 4 July 2012
A briefing day for potential applicants for feasibility and collaborative R&D funding will be held on 8 March 2012.
Sustainable Manufacturing Competition