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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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IUK Announces Transforming Foundation Industries: Demonstrators EoI Competition

13 October 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Through this Innovate UK (IUK) competition, businesses can access funding for research and development projects that demonstrate future technologies, capable of addressing the resource or energy efficiency challenges of the UK's Foundation Industries (cement, paper, glass, ceramics, metals and bulk chemicals).

This is stage 1 of a 2 stage competition:

  • ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries: Demonstrators Expression of Interest (EoI).
  • ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries: Demonstrators - Full Stage: this will be by invitation only to applicants who are successful in the EoI stage.

To lead a project or work alone the organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, or research and technology organisation (RTO). Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.

Grants at the EoI stage are to be used to complete background data gathering and relationship building necessary to create an application for the full stage competition. Projects must focus on one of the following themes:

  • Energy efficiency: process improvements to increase energy efficiency including innovative heat recovery trials, alternative feedstocks, and new products.
  • Resource efficiency: including industrial symbiosis, waste utilisation, new products and alternative and biobased feedstocks.
  • Sensors, controls and digitalisation: with a focus on increased efficiency, productivity to increase energy, or resource efficiency).
  • Other energy or resource efficiency improvements: including new products, processes, new services or business models.

IUK has allocated £180,000 to the EoI stage of the competition, which offers grants of £15,000. IUK expects to take up to 12 projects to full stage.

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: Monday 11 October 2021
  • Competition closing date: Wednesday 1 December 2021 (11:00 GMT)

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

Those requiring more information should contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email [email protected]

More details can be accessed here


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