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£6 million funding to turn smart materials into smart products

Smart materials that can clean themselves, change shape or respond to temperature changes could transform many everyday products.

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are looking to fund collaborative R&D projects that bring together businesses from all stages of the supply chain, from manufacturers to end users.

The funding is for industrial research projects to manufacture and exploit smart materials and develop smart products.

Projects must be collaborative and business-led. Business partners will attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).

Competition information

  • the competition opens on 16 March 2015
  • deadline for registration is midday on 29 April 2015
  • there will be a briefing event for potential applicants in London on 25 March 2015
  • we expect projects to last between 1 and 3 years and to range in size from total costs of £500,000 to £1 million

Find out more about this smart materials R&D competition and apply

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