PRISM is a programme of research and innovation funding to support innovation in the UK Steel and Metals sectors in:

  • Decarbonisation
  • Digital technologies
  • Circular economy

The programme was announced by the UK finance minister in the March 2020 budget and is being delivered by the Materials Processing Institute on behalf of the UK government.  The programme is  funding the following activity at the Materials Processing Institute:

Core Projects

100% grant funded

Developing the technologies of tomorrow, these projects are aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of widely applicable technologies for the sector.

Collaborative Projects

50% grant funded

Multi partner projects, involving collaboration partners across the sector and supply chain, to deliver new technology solutions that will enhance the competitiveness of UK industry.

Private Projects

25% grant funded

Specific, targeted projects for individual companies, or small consortia, that improve productivity, develop new products, or apply new technologies, to meet the aims of the programme.

If you are active in the steel and metals sector and supply chain and you would be interested in working with the Materials Processing Institute on a research, or innovation project, then drop us a line at

PRISM is guided by a team of high level industry leaders on our Industrial Advisory Board.  Members of the board represent the following organisations:

Tata Steel, Celsa Steel, Outokumpu Stainless Steel, Sheffield Forgemasters, British Steel, Liberty Steel, UK Metals Council, British Manufacturing Plant Constructors’ Association, Swansea University and the Aluminium Federation

Tata Steel
Celsa Steel
Outokumpu Stainless Steel
Sheffield Forgemasters
British Steel
Liberty Steel
UK Metals Council
British Manufacturing Plant Constructors’ Association
Swansea University
The Aluminium Federation