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Hearing loss and biological systems: apply for business funding

The Ministry of Defence is to invest in SBRI competitions seeking new treatments for hearing loss and new materials from biological systems.

synthetic biology
Up to £750,000 is available for proof-of-concept research into innovative uses of synthetic biology for materials such as for body armour

The Ministry of Defence’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is to invest up to £1.2m million in 2 SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competitions.

Hearing loss competition

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £500,000 in fully funded development contracts for proof-of-concept research into solutions that monitor, diagnose, treat and restore noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

Synthetic biology competition

A further £750,000 is available in fully funded business contracts for proof-of-concept research into the use of synthetic biology to develop next-generation materials that could:

  • be used in body armour
  • act as self-healing materials
  • demonstrate improved resistance to corrosion
  • act as novel adhesives

Up to £1 million will be available to develop the best ideas further in a second phase of each competition.

Information on both competitions

  • both competitions are open for applications and close at 5pm on 21 April 2016
  • the competitions are for 100% funded contracts and are open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution
  • phase 1 contracts are expected to be between £50,000 and £100,000 and to last up to 9 months
  • applications must be made online to CDE
  • briefing events and webinars for both competitions will be held in February and March
Published 21 January 2016