Synthetic biology for novel materials competition now open - deadline 14 April
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.
- protective applications, such as novel armour solutions
- self-healing materials
- enhanced resistance to corrosion
- novel adhesives.