UK-US disruptive composites projects: apply for funding
Organisations can apply for a share of £1.7 million to work with US partners to develop game-changing international projects in the composites sector.
Composites – materials made from 2 or more different materials that, when combined, possess additional qualities such as extra strength or heat resistance – are among the most promising research and industrial developments in decades. Composites such as carbon fibre have propelled progress in the aerospace and automotive sectors, with UK companies such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce optimistic about the future of composites.
Innovate UK and the US-based Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), under UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Funding for International Collaboration programme, have identified several priority areas of growth. In this competition, up to £1.7 million is available for international projects to develop disruptive technologies in the global composites market.
The competition will enable collaborative research and development projects between the UK and US within the composites sector that can produce a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be disruptive, involve a technological risk and reach large international markets.
Areas projects can focus on include:
- sheet moulding compounds reinforced with carbon fibre
- non-destructive testing tools for automotive manufacturing
- development of automotive grade carbon fibre-reinforced polymers
- closing the loop on automotive carbon fibre prepreg manufacturing scrap
Projects must involve a UK business and/or UK research and technology organisation, and must include a partnership with a US project team. Applicants must contact the Knowledge Transfer Network to be put in touch with a US project team.
- the competition opens on 29 May 2019 and the close date is at midday on 21 August 2019
- organisations of any size may apply
- total eligible project costs can be between £100,000 and £1 million, with a maximum grant of up to £300,000 for UK applicants
- an online briefing event will take place on 6 June 2019
Latest News from
Barrnon and Wood move to next stage of innovation competition27/11/2019 16:22:00
Two consortia, led by Barrnon and Wood, have reached the next round of an innovation competition that could help decommission highly radioactive facilities at Sellafield.
Game-changing ideas for aerospace: apply for funding14/11/2019 12:20:00
Organisations can put forward innovative ideas for design and propulsion technologies that could drive growth in the UK aerospace industry.
Work with Israeli partners on business ideas: apply for funding12/11/2019 09:10:00
UK businesses can apply for a share of £1.5 million to work with partners in Israel on innovative products and services that target global markets.
Work with US partners on wind farm innovation: apply for funding11/11/2019 12:25:00
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to work with US partners on the $40 million US offshore wind development programme.
Transforming foundation industries: apply for a fast start project31/10/2019 09:10:00
UK businesses can apply for a share of £5 million for fast start projects to improve the resource and energy efficiency of foundation industries.
Decarbonising the UK’s industry: apply for phase 1 funding30/10/2019 13:20:00
2 phase 1 competitions for businesses to help achieve a world-first, net zero-emission industrial area by 2040.
Robots on the rise and heading for Cumbria29/10/2019 14:17:00
A range of innovative robotic systems will be on display at an event in Cumbria next month as an £8.5 million competition moves to the next stage.
Building centres to drive electric revolution: apply for funding24/10/2019 11:15:00
Up to £30 million to set up flagship centres supporting the manufacturing supply chain in the latest power electronics, machines and drives.