Flexible Fund 2022

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Call for Proposals Now Open

The CE-Hub has opened applications to the second round of Feasibility Studies to accelerate Circular Economy research, innovation and implementation across disciplines, sectors and value chains.

The Deadline for Submissions is Thursday 5th May 2022 @4pm UK time.

On Monday 21st March, the CE-Hub hosted a webinar for interested applicants where attendees could find out more about the fund and ask their questions. You can view the recording on the CE-Hub YouTube Channel.

The fund will provide the wider Circular Economy community with the opportunity to undertake speculative and potentially high-impact research to accelerate innovative solutions. Proposals that consider different scales (including regional and place-based research), new collaborations between sectors and disciplines, and involve early career professionals (from academia, industry and government), will all be encouraged. Funded projects will be expected to deliver a tangible piece of work that would achieve a specific output such as early-stage concept development, decision making tools and methods or demonstrator projects focussing on evidencing the transferability of Circular Economy principles across scales, disciplines and industrial sectors.

Watch our Webinar Recording

We would like to fund studies that are innovative, evidence based, applied and appreciate the need for a whole system approach. Proposals could include, but are not limited to:

  • Metrics and Indicators,
  • Product and Service Design,
  • Business Models including citizen adoption,
  • Digital Technology,
  • Policy
  • Procurement,
  • Finance,
  • Skills and the future of work
  • Social Innovation.

The total funding available for this call is £250,000 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 9 and 12 months in length and must be completed before the end of September 2023.  Applications where a portion of the project costs are met by industry funding are also welcomed.

Find out more about our 2021 Funded Projects

Applicants are required to complete application forms Parts 1-3 plus an EDI questionnaire (all available to download below) and email completed forms to Katie Cooke, CE Hub Project Manager at ce_hub@exeter.ac.uk by Thursday 5th May 2022 at 4pm.

Key dates:

Please note updated dates for Panel Pitch Invitations and Presentations

Monday 21st March: Webinar for interested Participants at 12pm UK time. Register here

Thursday 5th May: Deadline for submissions (4pm)

Monday 13th June: Invitations to Panel Pitch Day issued, Unsuccessful proposals advised

Thursday 30th June: Panel Pitch Day

Thursday 1st September 2022: Feasibility studies start

Thursday 15th September 2022: Kick-Off Meeting

September 2023: All studies completed

Further information is available in the Fund Summary and Funding call Full documents.

Feasibility Study Webinar for Interested Applicants 2022 Recording Now Available:

Recorded Monday 21st March 2022

Download the Slide Deck Here