Innovate UK £2M Materials for Demanding Environments Feasibility Study Competition

For the competition scope, click here.

The Knowledge Transfer Network would like to invite you to an Innovate UK competition briefing and consortium building event taking place in a city near you between 24th September – 21st October 2015.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to explore the enhancement of performance of materials in demanding, extreme and/or aggressive environments.

Materials innovation is usually a component of any product innovation.  A key challenge for materials in a broad range of high-value applications is the ability to operate in severe, aggressive or demanding conditions. Radical improvements in the performance and reliability of materials in extreme operational environments would give UK companies a competitive edge in many high-value markets.  The need and application of these materials will affect most markets including transport, the built environment, energy, manufacturing, electronics and health.

The feasibility studies must be collaborative and business-led, involving a partner with a future route to market. Consortia are expected to provide strong evidence that they have the appropriate knowledge base from which to conduct the proposed project e.g. a defined in-house capacity and capability, or working with an appropriate academic/research organisation where necessary.

Maximum eligible costs per project will be up to £150k, which will be funded up to 70% of project costs depending on the size of the organisation. Up to 30% of eligible project costs can be incurred by universities/research organisations.

Projects should last up to 12 months and should deliver a tangible outcome such as a small-scale demonstration of the technology.

This is a single stage competition that opens for applicants on 12 October 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 18 November 2015 and the deadline for applications is noon on 25 November 2015.

Follow the links below to register to attend one of these events.

Competition Briefing and Consortium Building Events

Belfast – 24 September 2015
With Invest Northern Ireland

Edinburgh – 28 September 2015
With Scottish Enterprise

Cardiff- 6 October 2015
With Welsh Government

Manchester – 9 October 2015
Institute of Biotechnology

Innovate UK Applicant Briefing: London – 21 October 2015
Congress House

For further background about the competition, click here to watch a Webinar that took place on Friday 26 June.

The Webinar presentation is available to view/download here.

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