Innovate UK indicated in its Delivery Plans for 2014-15, the launch of a funding competition for smart materials.
The Knowledge Transfer Network, in support of Innovate UK, organised and delivered a workshop and a webinar to provide the opportunity for developers and users of Smart Materials to contribute to the scope of the forthcoming call which will seek to find out how UK industry can benefit from the use of smart materials by overcoming key innovation challenges to manufacture.
The workshop, held on 9th September 2014, saw introductory presentations as follows:
- Steve Morris, KTN Ltd - An introduction to KnowledegeTransfer Network
- Peter Foote, Cranfield University - Smart Materials for Defence Applications
- Joan Taylor, De Montfort University - Designing a closed loop insulin delivery system
- Andy Sellars, Innovate UK - Smart, hybrid and multiple materials: Scoping Workshop
A number of discussion groups were formed to discuss the challenges for smart materials in specific sectors, summaried of which can be viewed:
Following the workshop a webinar was held on 8th October for the benefit of those who were unable to attend the workshop but wanted to input to the scope of the call.
A presentation that includes the "Introduction to KTN" by Steve Morris, the role of "Design in Innovation and Smart Materials" by Ed Hobson and "Smart, hybrid and multiple materials: a webinar" by Andy Sellars is available to view.
A video of the presentation and questions asked is available for viewing:
There is an opportunity to make further comments that could lead to input to the scope of the competition by: