Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials



The work of the ICEC-MCM covers a range of academic disciplines vital to the construction industry. We provide opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD students to work together across our focus areas. We also seek to work with SMEs across the sector to deliver implementable solutions to facilitate the transition to a circular economy.

Upcoming Opportunities for SMEs

Innovate UK has launched a new competition for SMEs to participate in the NICER Programme. This is an excellent opportunity for SMEs to collaborate with us and the wider Circular Economy network.

Competition opens: Thursday 13 October 2022
Competition closes: Wednesday 7 December 2022 11:00am

The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development projects that address the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy.Proposals must demonstrate how they will create a step-change in the adoption of circular economy approaches. To apply proposals must:

  • have a total cost between £100,000 and £150,000
  • start no earlier than 1 May 2023
  • end by 31 October 2024
  • last between 12 and 18 months
  • carry out all of its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • must include a letter of support from at least one of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centres

We are looking to provide letters of support and collaborate with companies who demonstrate alignment with our activities and the overall aims and objectives of the NICER Programme. So, if you’d like to take part in this funding call, please do get in touch with us by completing this Expression of Interest Form. SMEs will be able to discuss their projects with a member of our academic team as part of two drop-in sessions we are organising on the afternoons of Wednesday 19 and 26 October.


Upcoming Opportunities for Students

The ICEC-MCM has a large programme for PhD studentships and expect to recruit a cohort over the next two years. The PhD studentships must be supported by an industry partner and only apply to UK home students. If you are interested to take on a new challenge in the area of circular economy and construction materials, please do get in touch.

We will be providing more details about topics and application procedures once we are ready to receive applications. You may also want to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay updated, as we will update these regularly with new opportunities