• Status: Closed

  • Key features: This CDE themed competition seeks ambitious concepts to exploit the power of biological systems to make complex materials and the fundamental tools of molecular biology to manipulate such systems.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: £750,000 of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition. Up to £3 million will also be made available for Phase 2

  • Opens: 21 Jan 2016, 00:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 14 Apr 2016, 17:00

  • Support phone number: 03067 704236

Synthetic biology for novel materials


Ministry of Defence logoThe Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funds innovative research that could lead to a cost-effective capability advantage for UK armed forces and national security. 
£750,000 of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition. Up to £3 million will also be made available for Phase 2. Funding will be considered on a per-project basis.

SBRI logo

This CDE themed competition is looking for synthetic biology approaches to produce novel materials to address defence challenges. Novel materials with enhanced performance in a variety of applications will enhance defence and security, while also having civilian, commercial uses. 
This Phase 1 competition seeks proposals for short-term, highly innovative, proof-of-concept research that bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers who use synthetic biology in the design and/or development of next-generation structural and functional materials. 
Proposals that aim to address the technical challenges associated with developing the following solutions will be of particular interest:
  • protective applications, such as novel armour solutions
  • self-healing materials 
  • enhanced resistance to corrosion
  • novel adhesives.
This competition will be briefed at a CDE Innovation Network event on 10 February 2016 and at a webinar on 7 March 2016.
Further details and call documentation can be accessed via the CDE website
This competition closes on Thursday 14 April 2016 at 5pmProposals must be submitted to CDE's online portal.

Application Process and supporting downloads

This competition is run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise, which has its own application process and terms and conditions.
Open Date: 21 January, 2016
Close Date:  14 April, 2016
Contracts awarded: June 2016
e-mail: cde@dstl.gov.uk
Call: 03067 704236