As a founder of SAGES London, I'm thrilled to announce that we've recently been awarded a grant of £150,000 from Innovate UK's Circular Economy for SMEs: innovating with NICER. This grant is a part of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research program (NICER) and enables small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate with five research centres and hubs to engage with experts and benefit from collaborative research and development (CR&D) activities.
At SAGES London, we're passionate about creating a circular economy by transforming food waste into natural textile dyes. This grant will help us further our research into the application of our dyes on novel cellulose fibres and pretreatment technologies. We're excited to collaborate with Cranfield University and Leeds University on this project, and we can't wait to see what we can achieve together.
Additionally, this grant will also fund activities related to commercialization, IP protection, and exploitation. It's exciting to think that our work can have a real-world impact and be part of a movement towards a more sustainable future. We believe that our natural textile dyes can play an important role in the fashion industry by providing a more sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.
We're grateful for this opportunity to continue our research and development and are excited to see what the future holds.