UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Programme

UKRI have recently announced two calls under the UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Programme. Descriptions of the calls are below. The scheme anticipates large, interdisciplinary applications, therefore Research Services is coordinating the application process in order to maximise the impact of an Oxford bid. Please let Emma Nagel-Smith know by Friday 11 October if you, or anyone in your department, are interested in being part of, or leading, an Oxford led application. Once we know the level of interest we will establish the best way to move forward and facilitate the formation of a group.

UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres

UKRI is inviting outline proposals for Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres, each conducting interdisciplinary research that accelerates understanding and solutions to enable circularity of a resource flow (materials, material systems, products and/or services), including consideration of (multi-) sector contexts. The term “resource flow” is defined broadly but refers to processes involved in how a resource (materials, material systems, products and/or services) transforms between states as it flows through the system. The research should take a whole-systems approach, including considerations of the resource’s related waste streams and (re-)uses, within the range of (multi-) sector contexts being considered by the Centre.

Up to £22.5 million (at 80% FEC) is available to support the creation of up to 5 interdisciplinary research centres for up to four years from the 1st October 2020.

Centre proposals need to fill in an intent to submit by 19 November 2019.

Further information can be found on the EPSRC/UKRI website.


UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinator

This is the first of a two stage process. The available funding at this first stage is to fund a Coordinator to lead the scoping and development of a proposal for a Circular Economy Hub.

The coordinator will act as thought leader, ambassador, and consensus builder for developing an interdisciplinary circular economy community, facilitating the development of circular economy strategies and approaches. If successful at second stage the Coordinator will be responsible for running a Circular Economy Hub.

Coordinator proposals need to fill in an intent to submit by 31 October 2019.

Further information can be found on the EPSRC/UKRI website.


UKRI will be running two webinar (interactive online meeting) sessions to give potential applicants to both calls an opportunity to learn more about the programme. These will run on 17 October 11:00 to 12:30 and 22nd October 13:30 to15:00.

The webinars will cover:

  • Background Information
  • Vision and Objectives of both Calls
  • Eligibility and Funding Restrictions
  • Assessment Criteria

There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about this activity.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing identifying which webinar you wish to attend. Both webinars will cover the same information. Instructions on how to access the webinar will then be sent to you. The deadline for registration will be 24 hours before each webinar. 

Outputs of UKRI Circular Economy Workshops are available on the EPSRC/UKRI website.

Please direct questions about internal application process to Emma Nagel-Smith.