Alternative Raw Materials with Low Impact project logo with University of Birmingham and European Regional Development Fund logos.

The exciting ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) project ARLI offers funded advice and technical support to eligible SMEs across three Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas - Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire - on developing innovative low-carbon products and processes.

About ARLI

ARLI brings together a team of experienced academics and engineers to support businesses in developing cost-effective products and processes, which provide energy-efficiency gains in the use of raw and waste materials. The project, delivered through the School of Engineering, aims to identify waste streams, or other materials that could be transformed into higher value goods for construction and other manufacturing industry applications. 

The ARLI areas of expertise are:

  • Reducing raw material useA scientist working with equipment in a laboratory.
  • Material substitution & waste reduction
  • Reuse of waste streams
  • Geotechnical engineering including buried infrastructure
  • Infrastructure monitoring and assessment
  • Erosion detection and monitoring
  • Design for disassembly
  • Sustainability in the supply chain

Resulting in:

  • Generation of new materials from  waste – spurring growth through the commercialisation of novel products
  • Address acute raw material deficiencies  which are crippling industrial supply chains.
  • Aid efficiency and improve environmental impact, with cost-effective solutions realised through reduced carbon emissions
  • Better infrastructure asset management
  • Preventative maintenance  

ARLI Case Studies

Where is the programme available?

To eligible SMEs in Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Black Country LEP, Coventry & Warwickshire LEP areas.

Support in the Marches - CREST




University of Birmingham’s ARLI and ATETA projects are bringing their expertise to team up with The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) (also known as the Environmental Science Business Research Centre). This is a partnership between the University of Chester and Reaseheath College.

CREST at University Centre Shrewsbury (a campus of the University of Chester) has secured a second round of ERDF funding until March 2023. The partnership funding will focus on innovation, and Research and Development support for environmental science-based SMEs in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, with the aim of addressing the area’s productivity challenges, and, bringing products and services to market.

CREST offers support to SMEs who want to reduce their environmental impact, or develop new products or services. The multi-disciplinary team of experts works closely with SMEs to design, develop and bring new products and services to market; develop processes to save time and/or money; understand markets (e.g. market research, introduction to buyers and suppliers, exploring new markets) and develop successful business models.

Am I eligible for support?

If you are an SME in one of the following LEP areas: Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP; Black Country LEP or Coventry & Warwickshire LEP with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than 50 million euros then you could be eligible for support.

Contact Us

 To contact the Business Engagement team for the ARLI project, please complete the following form:

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