The UK has potential to grow and prosper by transitioning to a more circular economy. This is where resources are processed with sustainability, waste minimisation and efficiency in mind. And product life-cycles optimised to generate more economic and social value before recycling and/or reuse.
However, this transition requires clear, evidence-based, implementation pathways, with broad underpinning research evidence. It will require technical, technological and scientific advances. There is also a requirement for improved social, behavioural, cultural, ethical, environmental, economic, legal and regulatory understandings to support a successful transition.
To support this the UK Research & Innovation invites outline proposals for Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres. Up to £22.5 million (at 80% FEC) is available to support up to five Centres for up to four years from 1 October 2020.
This call has a two-stage process. Applicants will have an opportunity to add to membership before the second stage, if their outline proposal is prioritised at this first stage.
Both single and multi-institution proposals are welcome. At this first stage, applicants must:
- Submit an Intent to Submit by 16.00 on 19 November 2019
- Submit an outline proposal by 16.00 on 05 December 2019 via Je-S. Note that Je-S will only open for submissions from 23 September 2019.
- Principal Investigators of 8-12 outline proposals will then be invited to submit a full proposal at the second stage.
Applicants are encouraged to contact UKRI to discuss their interest in applying for an Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre