• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Investment of up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to explore improving the performance of materials in demanding, extreme and/or aggressive environments.

  • Programme: Feasibility studies

  • Award: Up to £2 million 

  • Opens: 12 Oct 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: 18 Nov 2015, 12:00

  • Closes: 25 Nov 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Materials for demanding environments

Summary

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to explore improving the performance of materials in demanding, extreme and/or aggressive environments.
 
This competition aims to demonstrate radical or novel improvements in the performance of materials in demanding environments. We are seeking proposals that support early stage projects that demonstrate emerging technologies in advanced materials.
 
Projects must be led by a business and be collaborative, involving a partner with a future route to market.
 
Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
 
We expect projects to last 6 to 12 months and range in size from total costs of £100,000 to £150,000, although we may consider projects outside this range.
 
This competition opens on 12 October 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 25 November 2015. There will be a briefing day for potential applicants, including a consortium-building workshop, in London on 21 October 2015. Additional briefing events and consortium-building workshops will take place in Belfast on 24 September 2015, Edinburgh on 28 September 2015, Cardiff on 6 October 2015 and Manchester on 9 October 2015.
 

Supporting documents & links

Scope

The aim of this competition is to demonstrate a novel or radical improvement in materials' operational performance and reliability in demanding environments. These demanding environments may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following:
  • high or low temperature and/or temperature cycling
  • abrasive conditions
  • high or low pressure
  • high corrosion and/or erosion
  • highly ionising/high radiation
  • high electromagnetic radiation
  • high blast
  • excess load bearing
  • high impact
  • excessive wear
  • high/extended lifetimes
  • fire/high oxidation
There are no limits to the location of the demanding environment. It can include both manufactured/constructed products and biological systems (such as in the human body). Again, the following list is not exhaustive, but application areas might include one or more of the following:
  • the built environment and construction
  • transport,including land,sea and aerospace
  • energy, including both renewables and fossil fuels
  • space
  • biological systems
The materials technologies themselves might include one or more of the following:
  • novel nano materials applications
  • ceramics with improved thermal shock
  • metals and intermetallics for enhanced high-temperature operation
  • high-performance polymers
  • composite materials
  • anti-corrosion coatings
  • joining of dissimilar materials
  • smart materials
The aim of this competition is to support early-stage projects that demonstrate emerging technologies in advanced materials. We expect that these materials will be able to deliver enhanced performance at a larger scale than is currently the case. We also anticipate that successful new technologies will continue through a validation phase after the completion of the project and be further developed to a higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL). Projects should deliver a tangible outcome, such as a small-scale demonstration of the technology.

Out of scope

The scope of this competition does not include materials that can already be embedded into products, the development of new material manufacturing technologies, or process optimisation projects.

Key dates

Competition opens 12 October 2015
Competition briefing 21 October 2015
Registration deadline noon 18 November 2015
Deadline for receipt of applications noon 25 November 2015