Posts tagged: sustainability

TSB – UK-China Partnerships in Sustainable Manufacturing

20 December 2013

Title

UK-China Partnerships in Sustainable Manufacturing

Funder

TSB

Deadline

26th March 2014 (register by 19th March 2014)

Value

£500,000 – 800,000

Aim

TSB, EPSRC, and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology invite Expressions of Interest for collaborative R&D projects that make manufacturing processes more sustainable. The aim of the competition is to help UK academics to work with academic or industrial partners in China, and UK businesses to trial new processes with Chinese manufacturers.

In line with the TSB’s high value manufacturing strategy, projects must address at least one of the following areas:

  • conversion to alternative renewable or more sustainable raw materials
  • better management of quality variation in raw materials
  • adding value to/increasing re-use of waste streams within/across production processes
  • innovative heat or energy management or input in production
  • changing from manufacturing in batches to continuous processes
  • novel chemical processes and reactor designs, including novel catalysis, flow chemistry or use of novel solvents or solvent-free processes
  • novel processes based on industrial biotechnology
  • improved production measurement, analysis and process control
  • lightweighting of components through novel manufacturing processes
  • net-shape or near-net-shape manufacturing processes. 

All projects should show the additional benefits of co-operation between the UK and China, and applicants must show how their projects will make an overall positive contribution in terms of economic, environmental and social impacts: the triple bottom line, taking into account the full product lifecycle.

Length

12 – 24 months

Eligibility

Proposals must be collaborative, and must include both a Chinese and a UK applicant. Project partners can include academics and research and technology organisations, as well as companies, and they can be business-led or researcher-led.

Details

https://www.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/uk-china-partnerships-in-sustainable-manufacturing

Sustainable Society Network+ – Small Grants

4 November 2013

Title

Small Grants

Funder

Sustainable Society Network+

Deadline

Open call: application deadlines on the 1st day of each month

Value

Up to £3,000

Aim

Small grants provide funding for projects, or other activities, that lead to, or support, cross-disciplinary collaboration in the use of digital technologies to promote and support a sustainable society. The applications should address the “three pillars” (UN, 2005) or “triple bottom line” (Elkington, 1994) of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental.

Projects should be up to 3 months in duration and designed to test new ideas or create novel linkages between research areas.

Applications led by early career researchers (defined as within 5 years of their PhD submission) are encouraged. At least 30% of our funding supports early-career researchers.

Length

Up to 3 months

Eligibility

The lead applicant must be a current research staff member at a UK higher education institution that is eligible for funding from UK research councils.

Details

http://sustainablesocietynetwork.net/open-call-submissions/

EPSRC reviewing research programmes

31 May 2013

EPSRC have announced that they are reviewing two of its research programmes: Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC) and Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE)

The aims of the review are:

  • to determine the extent to which the UK is maintaining international excellence in research related to the area of making infrastructure, the built environment & transport systems resilient to environmental change, more sustainable, less energy intensive and more socially acceptable, economically advantageous and environmentally harmonious
  • to determine the extent to which high quality current and future research leaders are successfully identified and supported in this area
  • to determine the extent to which research activities have delivered impact for the UK economy and society in absolute terms and relative to the maximum possible, including fostering global performance, economic competitiveness and enhanced quality of life, health and creative output

The outcomes of the review will be used to inform policy and strategy in the area in the future.

As part of the review process, EPSRC are inviting interested parties to complete an online questionnaire and provide details of their experience or awareness of ARCC and/or SUE-funded activities. There are three separate questionnaires, aimed at ARCC/SUE grant recipients, research users in this area, and international academics working in the field.

The results of the review will be published on the EPSRC website later in the year. read more