Transform foundation industries

Cross-sector efficiency projects wanted to apply for up to £500k

Royce seeks collaborators to Transform Foundation Industries

The Henry Royce Institute is calling for potential collaborators to help transform the UK’s Foundation Industries through innovative materials-related research.

The UK Foundation Industries – including metals, ceramics, paper, glass, chemicals and cement – have a combined turnover estimated at £45bn but face many common challenges, including resource management and energy efficiency.

£5 million funding for innovation

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will fund up to £5m in R&D and Innovation projects for the Foundation Industries. These will be cross-sector, collaborative, fast start, short duration, industrial research and development (R&D) projects.

The aim of this competition, part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common opportunities.

Royce support for materials-related projects

The Royce wants to enable potential collaborators to discuss, scope and apply for project funding for materials-related challenges, as part of the Transforming Foundation Industries call.

We wish to connect potential consortia members – industry and academic – and help to inform programmes of work, supporting applications and providing open-access facilities to support R&D.

How to get involved

You can contact the Royce directly to express an interest in scoping a materials-related project. You may have an idea for a cross-sector challenge, or wish to discuss potential collaborations with academics and other industry representatives.

The Knowledge Transfer Network is holding a series of briefing events to provide more information on the call. You can find more information at