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Materials for Demanding Environments - London

Innovate UK £2M Materials for Demanding Environments Feasibility Study Competition – London Briefing
Materials innovation is usually a component of any product innovation.  A key challenge for materials in a broad range of high-value applications is the ability to operate in severe, aggressive or demanding conditions. Radical improvements in the performance and reliability of materials in extreme operational environments would give UK companies a competitive edge in many high-value markets.  The need and application of these materials will affect most markets including transport, the built environment, energy, manufacturing, electronics and health.
Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to explore the enhancement of performance of materials in demanding, extreme and/or aggressive environments.
The feasibility studies must be collaborative and business-led, involving a partner with a future route to market. Consortia are expected to provide strong evidence that they have the appropriate knowledge base from which to conduct the proposed project e.g. a defined in-house capacity and capability, or working with an appropriate academic/research organisation where necessary.
Maximum eligible costs per project will be up to £150k, which will be funded up to 70% of project costs depending on the size of the organisation. Up to 30% of eligible project costs can be incurred by universities/research organisations.
Projects should last up to 12 months and should deliver a tangible outcome such as a small scale demonstration of the technology.
This is a single stage competition that opens for applicants on 12 October 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 18 November 2015 and the deadline for applications is noon on 25 November 2015.
Briefing events for potential applicants including a consortium building workshop will be held in London on 21 October 2015.
Additional briefing events and consortium building workshops are scheduled as follows:
  • Belfast          24 September 2015
  • Edinburgh     28 September 2015
  • Cardiff           6 October 2015 
  • Manchester   9 October 2015                       
The final scope document is available here. Further information about the scope is available by watching the Scoping Webinar available on the Materials for Demanding Environments Group page at: https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/materials-for-demanding-environments (membership required).
0930hrs Welcome & introduction to Innovate UK (The Competitions Team) (10-15 minutes)
0945hrs   Competition Scope – a brief overview by the Lead Technologist followed by a Q & A session (Lead Technologist) (15-20 minutes)
1010hrs   How to apply – application criteria & process explained by the Innovate UK Competitions Team (The Competitions Team) (30-40 minutes)
1040hrs   Networking break (15-20 minutes)
1110hrs   Funding & your project costs explained – an in-depth look into the types of funding available and what you can claim (The Competitions Team) (30 minutes)
1140hrs How to submit your application – the competitions team will guide you through the application submission followed by a final Q&A session (The Competitions Team) (30 minutes) 
1210hrs Introduction to KTN
1220hrs Lunch
1330hrs 1-1 Meetings*
1530hrs Networking
1600hrs End
(Subject to change)
Any queries about the Competition Scope should be addressed to: Support@innovateuk.gov.uk.
*If you wish to schedule 1-1 meetings, please indicate this on your registration form and you will be given access to our software.

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