Key features: Investment of up to £2m in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across enabling technology areas: advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, sensors and photonics; and information and communications technology.
Programme: Feasibility studies
Award: Up to £2m
Opens: 27 Jan 2014, 00:00
Registration closes: 05 Mar 2014, 12:00
Closes: 12 Mar 2014, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Technology-inspired innovation - January 2014 - Information and communications technology
Sustainability and materials security
- lightweight materials – applied to vehicles, structures and devices to reduce energy consumption and emissions, and increase efficiency
- materials with reduced environmental impact through their life (including materials for packaging applications)
- nanotechnology-enabled materials and functionality
- novel ways of substituting less sustainable materials or those that may become restricted or banned under EU REACH regulations
- materials that can increase the sustainability of other global resources through the use of bio-based and natural materials and composites.
- materials for cheaper and more efficient energy storage and management (chemical, biological, electrochemical, electrical, mechanical or thermal)
- materials for energy transmission/ distribution that minimise energy, power and thermal loss during the transmission and distribution process
- materials for high-durability energy generation at small scale (such as energy harvesting and micro- generation) and large scale (for example, ‘clean' technologies, carbon abatement technologies, catalysts/ fuel cells, photovoltaics, solid-state and magnetic materials).
- integration of new materials, coatings and electronics, such as for sensing applications
- materials able to survive in aggressive environments with extremes of temperature, corrosion, erosion or stress bio-based materials.
- commercial application of sequencing technologies focusing on genomics
- integration and exploitation of phenotyping technologies
- integration of 'omics technologies such as integrating metabolomic, proteomic, genomic and phenomic data collection and interpretation capabilities
- biological imaging systems, biosensors, probes/ markers, diagnostic platforms.
- metabolic engineering
- novel manufacturing processes for biological products and novel biological production systems
- formulation and delivery approaches for biological products, including biopharmaceuticals and functional foods.
Electronics, sensors and photonics
Information and communications technology
- designing data exploration systems for non-ICT specialists across different sectors, perhaps exploiting simpler user interfaces (see following section)
- automated and intelligent data cleansing and semantic annotation
- exploring various types of data across application areas or sectors
- reducing the cost of high-fidelity visualisation.
- moving ‘beyond the screen' from traditional keyboard, mouse and screen to more immersive interaction with machines through such technologies as haptics, speech, gesture and emotion sensing
- improving the user's experience of pervasive computing, where connectivity is embedded and available everywhere
- changing the software paradigm for existing applications
- meeting the changing expectations of users
- enabling multiple co-operating devices to create a joined-up, quality experience for the user.
- better tools and languages to support new approaches, such as inherent parallelism and design of new user interface paradigms
- holistic design methods that focus on autonomous/ intelligent/ machine learning systems where machines rather than people are making complex and less deterministic decisions
- innovative methodology for using non-traditional skills and disciplines (for example psychology, art, anthropology etc) in software development projects, in other words multidisciplinary software development.
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Funding allocation and project details
- Competition helpline: 0300 321 4357
- Competition opens: 27 January 2014
- Briefing event: 10 February 2014
- Registration deadline: 5 March 2014, noon
Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 March 2014, noon