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Full Competition Scope Announced: Advancing the commercial applications of graphene

By Siwan Smith

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are investing up to £2.5 million in technical feasibility studies to target the applications of graphene with the greatest commercial potential.

The aim of this competition is to stimulate the exploitation of this high-performance material, as well as related carbon-based 2D materials that have emerged from the research base. These studies should evaluate the feasibility and potential of the use of graphene in a specific application, with relevant data to support its performance against current market specifications.

Projects must be led by a business and be collaborative, involving a partner with a future end-use route to market.

Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.

We expect projects to last 6 to 12 months and to range in size from total costs of £100,000 to £250,000.


This competition opens on 21 September 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 4 November 2015. An Innovate UK briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 23 September 2015. There will also be briefing events and consortium-building workshops in September and October.  See below for more details.


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This competition aims to support technical feasibility studies evaluating the potential of graphene, developed in the science base, to deliver industry-standard performance.

Projects should evaluate whether novel or radical improvements in operational performance are feasible using graphene or related carbon-based 2D materials in the targeted application. Other non- carbon 2D materials may only be used in conjunction with graphene or related carbon-based 2D materials.

Projects should exploit the characteristics of graphene to deliver entirely new benefits, additional benefits or improvements in the existing benefits of the end application. The project must address two or more benefits, for which the use of graphene improves upon the current industry technology. These benefits can include, but are not limited to:

•    structural

•    electrical

•    optical

•    thermal

•    selective permeability

•    ease/speed of manufacture

•    ease of use

•    durability

•    flexibility


Click here for the Full competition brief



Out of Scope

This competition is focused on the applications of graphene and the potential improvement over current non-graphene materials. Therefore, projects focused solely on the manufacturing of graphene or the process optimisation for manufacturing of graphene are out of scope. However, if a proposed application of graphene requires research into making a specific form of the material, or scaling up a manufacturing process, then this is acceptable as part of the project. Therefore, process development can be carried out but only within the context of the performance requirements of a specific graphene application.


Key dates

Competition opens: 21 September 2015

Registration deadline: noon 28 October 2015

Deadline for receipt of applications: noon 4 November 2015


Briefing Events

To support the community in preparing bids into this competition, the KTN is running briefing events in Cardiff and Newcastle on 8th September and 7th October. An Innovate UK briefing event and consortium building session for potential applicants will be held in London on 23 September 2015.

You are strongly encouraged to attend one or more of these events.

If you would like a 5 minute opportunity to showcase your ideas and make a pitch for partners please email or for the London event please email and we will supply you with a presentation template for you to complete on a first come basis. 


To register for the events follow the links below.

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