Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies (iCAST)

Our R&D and collaboration hub for companies to translate sustainable chemical technologies into clean growth.

iCAST is a new, unique knowledge exchange facility hosted by the CSCT, set up to kick-start a step-change in the UK industrial strategy for translating sustainable chemical technologies into clean growth.

Its expertise spans bio-based feedstocks, sustainable chemical production systems and sustainable engineering materials and plastics.

iCAST’s ambition is to become an R&D and collaboration hub for companies working on clean growth technologies – a place where they can easily partner with critical mass academic strength to enable scaleup and commercial delivery, generate economic impact, build supply chains, create jobs and drive green growth in the UK and overseas.


iCAST is funded through the Research England Development Fund. It is a £17M partnership between the Universities of Bath and Oxford, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s National Composites Centre (NCC) and Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), and the Swindon & Wiltshire LEP. The project is supported by the West of England Combined Authority, the Western Gateway Powerhouse, SETsquared and over 50 companies. The Centre provides support to spin-outs, high growth SMEs and multinational corporates with sustainable and circular chemical process-based innovation.

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Our research

Our facilities

The home of iCAST will be at the Universities of Bath and Oxford, where our research activities will take place.

Located in a historic industrial building once at the forefront of Victorian industrial innovation, The Carriage Works (Swindon), will be the home of our Creative Hub workshops where our partners can work together on today’s industrial innovation.

Work with us

Whether you are a spin-out, an SME or a multinational corporation, you can reach us to discuss how we can work together.

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