Competition - £8.5million for "Make it lighter, with less"

Mon, 03 February 2014

Competition - £8.5million for "Make it lighter, with less"

...or "make it lighter, with a portion of the £8.5million on offer from the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)"?

Competition opens soon

A competition which opens on March 3rd 2014 will offer £8.5million total funding to organisations for collaborative R&D projects which develop advanced materials and manufacturing technologies that deliver lighter, better-performing and more material-efficient structures and products. 

This competition has obvious relevance to the transport sector, which is keen to reduce weight, yet maintain safety, at the very least in order to reduce requirement for fuel for propulsion.

If you're interested in this competition, please note the following:

Proposals must aim to achieve at least one of the following four outcomes: 

cost-effective material/ manufacturing technologies that will deliver a step-change in weight reduction for a given system or product requirement 

designs and production processes that enable substitution or reduction of lightweight materials which are scarce, harmful or difficult to recycle 

significantly improved resource efficiency for lightweight materials through manufacturing/ product/ service solutions which eliminate high levels of waste 

tangible steps towards a more sustainable, more UK-centric supply base and manufacturing capability in resource-efficient lightweighting solutions. 

Possible project approaches are listed in this document.

View the full scope 

Visit the "Make it lighter, with less" group for information on networking and information days, and leave a comment on the group discussion board if you're seeking partners or offering expertise.

Networking event on Feb 12th.

Official briefing event on March 5th.

Key Dates

Competition opens 3rd March, registration of interest closes 9 April, competition closes 16 April.  Applicants who make it through to stage two will be required to attend a mandatory consortia-building event on 14th May.




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