15 September 2021

Call for Proposals – New Landscapes Catalyst R&D Grant Scheme

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The Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI, UAL) is partnering with the British Council to support new ideas for the future of sustainable fashion, textiles and related technology.  

In response to global drivers, the pilot programme will encourage international cooperation to re-evaluate the industry’s relationship with climate change, the environment, and the need for radical transparency and social responsibility. 

The New LandscapesFashion, Textiles and Technology (FTT) Catalyst R&D Grant Scheme, circa £100,000 in totalwill provide five collaborative grants of up to £6,000 cash and up to £14,000 in-kind support to proposals that: 

  • Respond to the Covid-19 pandemic by generating new opportunities for international collaboration and sharing best practice around sustainable design and production. 
  • Grow global networks to enable the development of practice, experimentation and testing of sustainable design and production solutions that inspire positive environmental change. 
  • Support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to exchange methods of designing and producing in a more sustainable and socially engaged way. 
  • Support young designers to become advocates for sustainable, ethical and socially engaged fashion, textiles and related technologies. 

 Key eligibility information 

  • The call is open to all designers, design entrepreneurs, and SMEs from the UK and Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries – see the full list of ODA countries 
  • Applications must be a partnership between at least 1 UK applicant and a maximum of 2 co-applicants based in 1 or more ODA countries. 
  • The lead applicant must be based in the UK and have been in business for at least 3 years. 
  • Applicants must provide evidence of true collaboration, knowledge exchange and mutual benefit for all partners (including ODA countries) in their application. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to deliver the project activity between January 2022 and April 2022 (including a provisional plan for in-person and/or online delivery due to Covid-19). Successful applicants will also host a public event presenting their findings in 2022. 

You can find the application form here. The deadline to submit your proposals is 17 October at 23:59.

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