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New funding to improve performance of materials in extreme environments

Businesses can apply for a share of £2M in funding for research into improving the performance of materials in extreme environments.

Government agency Innovate UK has £2M to invest in early-stage projects that look into the development of materials in areas including buildings and construction, transport and energy.

The projects must find ways to advance materials in the context of demanding and extreme conditions such as radiation, high impact and high temperatures. Possible areas of funding could include smart coatings and nanotechnologies.

The competition is open for applications from October 12 and closes at noon on November 18, 2015.

Conditions include that projects must be led by a business and include a partner with a route to market. The studies are expected to last between six and 12 months and funding from £100,000 to £150,000. Businesses could receive up to 70% of their costs depending on their size – less for bigger businesses.

There will be a briefing day for potential applicants and a consortium-building workshop in London on October 21, more information is here.

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