Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)

As part of the continued development of the Transforming Foundation Industries bid, CPI has been working closely with UKRI (the programme developers) and BEIS (as the project sponsors).

There is increasing confidence that the bid will be successful and so unlock £66m in Government match funding.  Paper is one of the main programme partners and we expect some of the consequent opportunities will be of direct interest to CPI Members.

The overall themes of the programme continue to be refined, with the current four strands being:

  • Developing recycling and reuse technologies using collaborative R&D programmes on material substitution, industrial symbiosis and recycling and reuse, along with phased demonstrator programmes that trial these technologies at scale.
  • Developing new sustainable materials using collaborative R&D programmes for new materials which are then scaled through a network of pilot scale facilities.
  • Developing new process technology through a retrofit innovation programme and a programme examining new technologies to reduce energy use. This will be supported using ‘digital twin’ systems to accelerate innovation.
  • Addressing cross cutting themes through the development of a technology and research strategy and roadmap, an examination of alternative business models, and ensuring the right finance is available to commercialise new technologies.

These funds (part of the overall Industrial Challenge Funding Challenge programme) are primarily intended to support R&D type projects to address specific issues/challenges/opportunities facing society.  Eventually the project themes will be finalised, with interested parties offered the chance to bid for specific funding support.

This could be a major opportunity for the sector, and as such CPI has arranged for UKRI to brief the next meetings of the Corrugated Council (30 May) Recovered Paper Council (5 June), and the Process Issues Committee (20 June).  Each company would be strongly advised to ensure that their development/innovation staff attend one of these meetings.

Additionally, CPI has been invited to nominate members to join a Technical Opportunities Committee – expressions of interest invited.

For more information contact Steve Freeman on 07775 696514 or email