Funding Opportunities

A comprehensive guide to accessing funding for remanufacturing and circular economy projects

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Funding from The Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing

SIR periodically provides funding of between £5,000 to £50,000 per project, to enable collaborative projects between Scottish businesses and academics, focused on developing remanufactured products or remanufacturing processes.

SIR funds academic time, therefore applications should be submitted by an academic based in a Scottish university. If you are a business with a project idea, please complete an expression of interest form (stage 1 below) or contact SIR directly to discuss next steps.

A brief overview of SIR funding is as follows;

  • SIR will pay for the cost of a researcher’s time on the project.
  • Companies will match the SIR contribution through staff time, equipment or equivalent.
  • The partner university will contribute the indirect and estates costs (FTE costs) for the researchers on the project.
  • Alternative funding can be investigated for projects with partners outside of Scotland.
  • Funding does not cover the creation of standards.

Application Process  

Stage 1: Complete an Expression of Interest Form

If an academic/industry partnership is already established the application can move directly to stage 2.

Companies can provide problems, barriers or challenges that require a solution and we will work with them to identify an academic partner that can address their issue and work on a project proposal with them.

We will also accept proposals from an academic who believes their solution could benefit a remanufacturer and we will help to identify a potential industry partner to complete a proposal.

Click to download an Expression of Interest formAlternatively please contact

Stage 2: Application Stage

The second stage is the completion of the Application Form  which is developed and submitted jointly by the academic partner and industry partner.

Click to download an Application Form. Alternatively please contact

Review process

Your application will be reviewed by the SIR Technical Working Group and/or the SIR Steering Board. We will advise you of estimated review timescales after submission of your application. You will be informed of the outcome of your application in writing after the review process is complete.

Reference documents for SIR funding

Project agreement

Non-Strathclyde Costing Form template **for Strathclyde academics, please email to request an internal costing template

SIR Conditions of Grant

Part B Final Report Template