About the BFTT Partnership and SME R&D Support Programme
Led by University of the Arts, London (UAL), The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) Creative R&D Partnership is one of nine clusters funded under the multi-million pound Creative Industries Clusters Programme. The programme forms part of the Government’s flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund initiative, which brings together leading research and business to tackle the big societal and industrial challenges
Loughborough University is one of the BFTT partners. BFTT is working across seven challenges, including a dedicated programme of support for SMEs across the UK. This programme provides a tailored package of funding combined with academic expertise and strategic business support.
This is the second round of funding launched by BFTT. The first round awarded £1.2 million to 10 of the most innovative and sustainable fashion brands in the country earlier this year. The awarded projects cover a range of sub-sectors and R&D areas, including: bio-material development; woven and non-woven textiles innovation; sustainable surface finishing processes; on-shoring of sustainable manufacturing; and novel digital solutions to crowdsource creativity, increase transparency and accountability in the sector.
Projects will be considered for an award value up to £150,000, for individual SME projects and up to £250,000 for partnerships. Projects could last between 12 to 24 months.
Find more information about the programme, including eligibility, selection criteria, core funding themes and key dates on the BFTT website. The deadline to register an Expression of Interest is the 7th of September 2020.