Business of Fashion, Textiles & Technology (BFTT) SME R&D Programme Funding Call

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Webinar Introducing Funding Call Round 2 for SMEs developing the next generation of products and services with sustainable innovation at their core.


Are you developing innovative ideas in the fashion, textiles and technology (FTT) sectors? 

Are you a technology or science-focused company working on an exciting innovation that could be applied within the FTT sector?

If so, join this webinar to learn more about the BFTT 's latest funding opportunity and hear from SMEs that are currently taking part in the programme and what their experience so far has been.

Outline Agenda:

  • An introduction to the current call and the BFTT SME R&D Support Programme.
  • What is R&D? Learn more about what types of R&D we are looking to fund.
  • Hear from SMEs currently taking part in the programme.
  • Q&A: your chance to put forward questions.

For  more information and to register:  Register

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.