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£6m for creating smart products from smart materials

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials.
They are looking to fund projects that bring together material suppliers with processing specialists and end-users to focus on the challenges of manufacturing and exploiting existing materials.
Projects must be collaborative and led by a business. They expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs), with elements of research carried out by academic partners.
Projects should last between 1 and 3 years. They expect projects to range in size from total costs of £500,000 to £1 million, although we may consider projects outside this range.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 16 March 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 29 April 2015. The deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 6 May 2015.
Competition briefing events include:
AMP, Rotherham         9 March 2015
Glasgow University     18 March 2015
Riddel Hall, Belfast      23 March 2015
London                            25 March 2015
Cardiff                             27 March 2015
NGI Manchester         14 April 2015
Key dates
Competition opens 16 March 2015
Competition briefing 25 March 2015
Registration deadline noon 29 April 2015
Expressions of interest deadline noon 6 May 2015
Stage 2 opens for invited applicants 26 May 2015
Deadline for invited applications  noon 25 June 2015


Full competition details available here.

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