The CE-Hub is looking to fund its first round of Feasibility Studies. These studies will accelerate Circular Economy research, innovation and implementation with a specific focus on the five resource flows connected with the UKRI funded National Circular Economy Centres. Research into specific enablers or barriers that are common to multiple centres, resource flows and/or sectors are encouraged. These can include, but are not limited to:
– Metrics and Indicators
– Product and Service Design
– Business Models including citizen adoption
– Digital Technology
– Skills and the future of work.
The total funding available for this call is £200,000 and we want to fund as many high quality applications as possible. Feasibility Studies will be funded to a maximum of £50,000 at full Economic Cost (fEC). Funding will be awarded at 80% fEC (total project value cannot exceed £50,000). Projects can be between 6 and 12 months in length and must be completed before the end of November 2022. Applications where a portion of the project costs are met by industry funding are also welcomed.
The aim of the fund is to provide the wider Circular Economy community with the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary, cross-value chain, foresight, speculative and potentially high-impact research to accelerate innovative solutions in collaboration with the NICER Programme. Proposals that consider different scales (including regional and place-based research), new collaborations between sectors and disciplines, and involve and / or led by early career researchers will all be encouraged. Projects will also be expected to ensure that their research involves explicit collaboration with industry partner(s) providing direct or in-kind support.
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