SIR is now conducting the first round of funding and invites applications for the support of collaborative projects between an industry partner and an academic partner, in all areas of remanufacture.  A successful proposal must consist of an academic partner working on a project defined by the industry partner. Applications for an award can be submitted by either the company or the academic.


​SIR funding of £5,000 to £50,000 per project is available.This is a Matched Funding program:

  • SIR will pay for the cost of a researcher’s time on the project
  • companies will match the SIR contribution through staff time, equipment or equivalent
  • the partner university will contribute the indirect and estates costs (FTE costs) for the researchers on the project
  • alternative funding can be investigated for projects with partners outside of Scotland

Application Process

This is a two-stage process.  The first stage (Expression of Interest) enables project ideas to be developed from a very early stage either by industrialists or academics - there does not need to be an industry-academic pairing at this point and the SIR team will help to broker relationships where appropriate/required.  During Stage two (completion of the SIR Proposals Form) a proposal will be developed and be submitted to the SIR Board and the SIR team will provide support/advice during this stage of the process.

Complete the Expression of Interest form
Companies can provide problems, barriers or challenges that require a solution and we will work with them to identify an academic partner that can address their issue and work on a project proposal with them.

We will also accept proposals from an academic who believes their solution could benefit a remanufacturer and we will work with you to identify a potential industry partner to complete a proposal.

Email and request a an Expression of Interest form

Complete the Call for Proposals form
This must be completed by both the industry partner and the academic partner. It may be submitted by either.

Email and request a Call for Proposals form.

For further information please contact: Dr Jacqueline Balfour, Business Development Manager on


  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 30 August 2015
  • Deadline for Project Proposals: 30 September 2015
  • Funding will be approved in early November 2015​ ​


​Scottish Institute for Remanufacture

A Circular Economy is an alternative to the linear “take-make-dispose” model of today to a restorative model that extends the life and usefulness of products by recovering the maximum value from those products.

​Remanufacturing is a key strategy of a circular economy that returns a product to at least its original performance with a warranty that is equivalent to that of the newly manufactured product.  With supplies of resources and energy limited, the transition to a Circular Economy is key to Scotland’s Industrial Strategy.

Remanufacturing can support this transition by achieving significant impact in all industrial sectors through preventing waste, improving resource management, generating sustainable economic growth, increasing productivity and enhancing competitiveness.

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Zero Waste Scotland.

Hosted at the University of Strathclyde, SIR is a pan-Scottish hub to increase innovation in remanufacturing. By stimulating and co-funding collaborative projects that address industry challenges it will enable companies to increase reuse, repair and remanufacture in their manufacturing operations.

​SIR is creating a Remanufacture Community:

  • Funding for collaborative projects driven by industry need
  • Access to specialist academic expertise in areas like automation, inspection, cleaning, process optimization, environment audit and reverse logistics
  • Networking with industry experts who remanufacture today
  • Workshops and training in technology, process and business models
  • Events to identify issues and share ideas
  • An information source to share the latest news, reports, research, case studies