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Open for expressions of interest / briefing event next Wednesday - 'Towards Zero Prototyping' competition to help stimulate virtual engineering

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £5.5m in collaborative R&D to promote the use of modelling and simulation by manufacturers - also known as 'virtual engineering'.

By investing in solutions that enable product and process designers and manufacturers to no longer require physical prototypes, TSB and EPSRC aims to help manufacturers improve their design processes, speed up design cycles, reduce costs and create better designs. 

Under the Towards zero prototyping competition, the Technology Strategy Board will invest up to £3.5m to fund collaborative R&D, plus funding of up to £2m is on offer available from the EPSRC for fundamental research, or work packages that contain a significant, high-quality academic research component and that demonstrate added value by building on or being complementary to EPSRC's existing research programmes and portfolios. 

Projects must be collaborative and business-led, and project partners can include research organisations and businesses of any size. Projects should last between one and two years, and we expect project sizes to be between £100k and £1m. Projects outside this range may also be considered, but applicants should contact TSB before submitting their expressions of interest. Levels of funding will depend upon the category of research, and the type of partner in the consortia involved. For example, a business would attract 50% public funding of project costs for industrial research (60% for SMEs). 


Competition Scope

Proposals are invited for collaborative R&D projects focused on developing new, improved and more accurate modelling tools, and/ or that enhance simulation systems that solve these models, run simulation scenarios, and record and present the results of simulations in an understandable way. Modelling and simulation tool development may include experimental testing for validation and verification purposes.

Projects should focus on one or more of:  

  1. development of models based on new insights into physical phenomena, and how these can be translated into mathematical equations;
  2. modelling and simulation tools for taking new products into production, including the modelling of new manufacturing methods and processes, factory layouts and supply chains;
  3. multi-scale issues, such as modelling relationships at the atomistic or micro- scale, to allow effects to be understood at the meso- and macro-scale;
  4. multiphysics simulation, such as combining different types of models, or enabling concurrent simulations using different models;
  5. simulation and analysis tools for the use and reuse of models and results throughout the lifetime of a design; 
  6. development of new mathematical methods for solving and integrating complex problems, such as:
    • adapting models for use on high-performance computers 
    • dealing with uncertainty in input data 
    • dealing with non-deterministic or random events. 


Application process

This is a two-stage competition that opens on 21 October 2013 

  • Stage 1 – Applicants submit an expression of interest, which is assessed. 
  • Stage 2 – We invite selected applicants to submit an application. 

All applicants must first register via the TSB website by noon on 27 November 2013. The deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 4 December 2013

The second stage deadline for invited applications is at noon on 12 February 2014

Applications are assessed by an independent panel of experts. 


Towards Zero Prototyping Competition Briefing & Consortium Building Event

A briefing for applicants will be held in London on 30 October 2013 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process. 

Applicants are strongly recommended to attend this event, but a Towards Zero Prototyping Competition Briefingwebinar will be provided

To apply for this competition you must first register with TSB.


Modelling and simulation in rail

Technology Strategy Board and the RSSB, the rail industry body for research and development, are currently considering applications for the Modelling and simulation in rail competition that is offering up to £1m.

The 'the targeted call' closed on 2 October and an announcement of an outcome is expected next month.

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