Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to explore improving the performance of materials in demanding, extreme and/or aggressive environments.
This competition aims to demonstrate radical or novel improvements in the performance of materials in demanding environments. We are seeking proposals that support early stage projects that demonstrate emerging technologies in advanced materials.
Projects must be led by a business and be collaborative, involving a partner with a future 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 range in size from total costs of £100,000 to £150,000, although Innovate UK may consider projects outside this range.
Full details, including a more detailed description of what is in and out of scope, can be found on the relevant Innovate UK competition page.
In June 2015, a webinar was held to alert the community to this upcoming competition. Resources from the webinar and previous scoping workshops can be accessed here.
Consortia building workshop in Belfast 24th September 2015 (register here)
Consortia building workshop in Edinburgh 28th September 2015 (register here)
Consortia building workshop in Cardiff 6th October 2015 (register here)
Consortia building workshop in Manchester 9th October 2015 (register here)
Competition opens 12th October 2015
Briefing day 21st October 2015 (register here)
Registration closes noon 18th November 2015
Submission deadline noon 25th November 2015