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Call for proposals: New Landscapes: Fashion, Textiles and Technology

Call for proposals: New Landscapes: Fashion, Textiles and Technology  AWAYTOMARS, a co-creation fashion platform. Photo by Gleeson Paulino ©

AWAYTOMARS, a co-creation fashion platform. Photo by Gleeson Paulino ©

14 September 2021

Together with the Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI) at University Arts London, British Council is launching a new initiative to support international R&D and global collaboration around new ideas for the future of sustainable fashion, textiles and related technology.

In response to global drivers, the programme will encourage international cooperation to re-evaluate the industry’s relationship with climate change, the environment, and the need for radical transparency and social responsibility.

We invite designers, design entrepreneurs and SMEs from the UK and eligible countries to apply for catalyst grants under five themes:



Manufacturing & Commerce

Retail & Engagement




The New Landscapes: Fashion, Textile and Technology (FTT) Catalyst R&D Grant Scheme, circa £100,000 in total, will provide five collaborative grants of £6,000 cash and up to £14,000 in-kind support to proposals that:

  • Respond to the Covid-19 pandemic by generating new opportunities for international collaboration and sharing best practice around sustainable design and production.
  • Grow global networks to enable development of practice, experimentation and testing of sustainable design and production solutions that inspire positive environmental change.
  • Support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to exchange methods of designing and producing in a more sustainable and socially engaged way.
  • Support young designers to become advocates for sustainable, ethical and socially engaged fashion, textiles and related technologies. 

Download the call for proposals here.  



  • The call is open to all designers, design entrepreneurs, and SMEs from UK and Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries – see the full list of ODA countries.
  • Applications must be a partnership between at least 1 UK applicant and a maximum of 2 co-applicants, based in 1 or more ODA countries.
  • The lead applicant must be based in the UK and have been in business for at least 3 years.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of true collaboration, knowledge exchange and mutual benefit for all partners (including ODA countries) in their application.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to deliver the project activity between January 2022 and April 2022 (including a provisional plan for in person and/or online delivery due to Covid-19). Successful applicants will also host a public event presenting their findings in 2022.



The deadline for proposal submissions is 17 October at 23:59. Interviews will be held on 1 November. Please read the full criteria, complete the online application via Formstack and send a completed Diversity Monitoring Form to