The Polymer Group:

  • helps to identify the challenges and opportunities which face industry in chosen field of technology or business application

  • brokers business-to-business and business-to-academia collaborations,

  • links the best of business and academia to give companies large and small easier access to new markets, new technology and skills development

Companies which join the Materials Community will have access to the very latest developments in innovation. 

The Materials Community offers:

Technology and design support to the materials community

- Direct advice to companies and researchers
- Signposting to technology, science or training providers
- Signposting and support to gain funding for development

Promoting innovation and development

- Design support and access to materials library
- Project definition (industrial development and industrially relevant research)
- Supporting SPARK Awards for SMEs
- Consortium building for EU Framework and Technology Programmes
- Project management where appropriate

Knowledge exchange

- Co-ordination of interest groups
- Analysis of strategic technology areas and emerging markets
- Overseas missions
- Organising technical meetings
- Dissemination of information from KTN state-of-art reviews
- Promotion of KTPs
- Promoting standard work

Support for R&D funding

- Assistance in building consortia
- Assistance with project management were appropriate
- Promoting the work of established funders relevant to materials
- Working closely with technology platforms to provide strategic input into the National and EU Commission's work on Calls