Innovate UK & EPSRC Open £4.5m Waste Stream Competition

31-10-14-RecoveringValueFromWasteInnovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) plan to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams by way of a competition.

The “Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste” competition opens on 12 January next year. In addition, a brokerage event is planned for 14 January in London, which will not only give attendees details about how to apply, it will also provide examples of previous competition winners and how companies in different sectors are moving towards recovering value from waste materials, and provide extensive opportunities for networking.

The aim of the competition is to improve processes to increase the value of resources recovered from continuously produced waste. Energy from waste is excluded, as the focus is on maximising the value of materials. Proposals must be collaborative and led by a business managing the target waste stream. The partners, Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).

Full details are available on the dedicated website, on which entrants are strongly advised to register, and where you can also download a copy of the competition brief and will be given an opportunity to register for the free brokerage event.

The site will also provide you with updates regarding the competition and you can read about events and contribute to the competition’s discussion board, giving you the opportunity to highlight the expertise you have to offer to consortia in the competition or to highlight partners you are looking for.

If you need further advice abut the project scope, or need help with partner searches and proposal advice, email Catherine Joce at


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