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