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Creating smart products from smart materials


The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events on and around the time that the call opens.

The events will give potential applicants the opportunity to find out more about the call and understand its scope as well as network with other applicants. This will provide the chance to discuss and expand thoughts on potential areas of investigation into proposed projects and to identify potential partners for any submission.

There will be a number of KTN personnel available at each event with expertise in various application areas to help facilitate the discussions and answer any questions that delegates might have.

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6m in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials.

A smart product is one that responds autonomously to stimuli in the environment to produce a beneficial action, which is usually reversible. To be in scope, projects must involve the development of a smart product, or the enhancement of an existing product with the addition of smart properties.  Projects should last between 1 and 3 years, with project costs in the range £500,000 to £1m.

Innovate UK is particularly interested in projects aimed at improving environmental and social impact across the lifecycle of the product. For example, substitution or reduction of hazardous materials, significant reductions in energy or water use in manufacturing, and/or improved end-of-life outcomes such as repair, reuse, remanufacture or recyclability.

As a minimum, projects must include three organisations, including a material supplier and at least one end-user. We hope businesses will seek to work with material specialists within research organisations to address some of the manufacturing challenges we have outlined.


Key dates:

Competition opens

16 March 2015

Competition briefing (AMP, Rotherham)

9 March 2015

Competition briefing (Glasgow University)

18 March 2015

Competition briefing (Ridell Hall, Belfast)

23 March 2015

Competition briefing (London)

25 March 2015

Competition briefing (Cardiff)

27 March 2015

Registration deadline

noon 29 April 2015

Please attend one or more of the briefing sessions to learn about the competition, and to meet collaborative partners. 

To register your place, please select your preferred date/location. The event flyer is available to view here.

For further information, please contact Steve Morris on 07964 561848 or steve.morris@ktn-uk.org or Andy Sellars on 0778 836 879 or andy.sellars@innovateuk.gov.uk


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