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Synthetic biology for novel materials competition now open - deadline 14 April

By Caroline Channing

This Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) themed competition seeks ambitious concepts to exploit the power of biological systems to make complex materials and the fundamental tools of molecular biology to manipulate such systems.

£750,000 of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition. Up to £1 million will also be made available for Phase 2. Funding will be considered on a per-project basis.



The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to enable development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national security. 


About the competition

This CDE themed competition is looking for synthetic biology approaches to produce novel materials to address defence challenges. Novel materials with enhanced performance in a variety of applications will enhance defence and security, while also having civilian, commercial uses. 

This Phase 1 competition seeks proposals for short-term, highly innovative, proof-of-concept research that bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers who use synthetic biology in the design and/or development of next-generation structural and functional materials. 
Proposals that aim to address the technical challenges associated with developing the following solutions will be of particular interest:
  • protective applications, such as novel armour solutions
  • self-healing materials 
  • enhanced resistance to corrosion
  • novel adhesives.

Competition Briefings

This competition will be briefed at a CDE Innovation Network event on 10 February 2016 and at a webinar on 7 March 2016.

Further information

Further details and call documentation can be accessed via the CDE website
This competition closes on Thursday 14 April 2016 at 5pm. Proposals must be submitted to CDE online.

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