£2 million for improving performance of materials in demanding environments

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership is encouraging relevant businesses to apply for a share of £2million to support feasibility studies into improving the performance of materials in demanding environments.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in early-stage business projects that seek innovative ways to improve the performance of materials in severe, aggressive or demanding conditions.

Radical improvements in the way materials perform could give UK manufacturers a competitive edge in many high-value markets.

There is increasing demand for materials that are extremely light and resistant to radiation, wear, high impact, blast and high temperatures. Smart coatings, nanotechnologies and innovations in materials such as ceramics, metals, high-performance polymers and composites could help to address this demand.

Application areas for improved materials’ performance could include buildings and construction, transport, energy, space and biological systems.

Competition information

Innovate UK expect studies to last 6 to 12 months and to range in size from £100,000 to £150,000. Projects must be led by a business and include a partner with a route to market. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their costs, medium-sized businesses 60%, large businesses 50%.

This competition for feasibility studies opens on 12 October 2015 and the deadline for registration is noon on 18 November 2015.

A briefing day for potential applicants and a consortium-building workshop will take place in London on 21 October 2015.

For more information on the funding available, visit the Innovate UK website.

Information on available funding is available via Twitter @WorcsLEP or via Worcestershire.Business.Central.