The vision of IDRIC is to become a world-leading, high-impact research and innovation centre, acting as the national focal point and international gateway for UK industrial decarbonisation research and innovation.
IDRIC’s strategic objectives are to:
- accelerate challenge-led research through transformative innovation;
- develop leadership by nurturing talent, building capacity and mapping skills;
- co-create and share knowledge by stimulating cross-learning, active networks and outreach;
- support policy and mission advocacy by providing evidence to policy makers and the public.
IDRIC’s research agenda is informed by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) objectives and structured to deliver:
- multidisciplinary research in cross-cutting areas of technology, policy, economics and regulation;
- industrial input and stakeholder engagement to shape research challenges and accelerate impact;
- agility and flexibility to respond to research challenges faced by the industrial clusters; and
- knowledge exchange activities integrated across the programme to maximise its impact.
The outcome is to deliver long-lasting economic growth and societal benefits, and to build the foundations for the new industrial clusters of tomorrow.
IDRICs delivery phase is due to get underway later this year (2021) and is backed by £20m funding until 2024. The initiative is part of the £170m Industrial Decarbonisation challenge, delivered through the Industrial decarbonisation challenge-UKRI.
The decarbonisation of industrial clusters is of critical importance to the UK’s ambitions of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to establish the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 and four low-carbon clusters by 2030.
The Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) has been formed to support this Challenge through funding a multidisciplinary research and innovation centre, which currently does not exist at the scale, to accelerate decarbonisation of industrial clusters.
IDRIC works with academia, industry, government and other stakeholders to deliver the multidisciplinary research and innovation agenda needed to decarbonise the UK’s industrial clusters. IDRIC’s research and innovation programme is delivered through a range of activities that enable industry-led, multidisciplinary research in cross-cutting areas of technology, policy, economics and regulation.
IDRIC connects and empowers the UK industrial decarbonisation community to deliver an impactful innovation hub for industrial decarbonisation. The establishment of IDRIC as the “one stop shop” for research and innovation, as well as knowledge exchange, regulation, policy and key skills will be beneficial across the industry sectors and clusters.
In summary, IDRIC will connect stakeholders, inspire and deliver innovation and maximise impact to help the UK industrial clusters to grow our existing energy intensive industrial sectors, and to attract new, advanced manufacturing industries of the future.