EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub - Call for Feasibility Studies

The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub is offering funding for feasibility studies to conduct research at TRL 1 to 3, to aid a fundamental step-change in composites manufacturing technology within the UK. The feasibility study should examine a subject area that is ambitious and high risk, identifying key challenges and research questions not currently being addressed. This can include the development of new manufacturing technologies, analytical studies to develop a fundamental understanding of state-of-the-art processes, or the development of process modelling and optimisation techniques.

This call is open to all UK academics and is the primary mechanism for new academic collaborators to engage with the Hub. Successful applicants are expected to attract significant new industrial support for follow-on funding, which will form a strategic part of future Hub activities. Access to further Hub funding may be released if feasibility is demonstrated, with the potential for the lead institution to become a Spoke member. Awards at this stage are limited to £50,000 at 80% fEC, for up to a maximum of six months.

Key dates

Activity Date
Call launched 4 May 2017
Closing date for applications 16 June 2017
Evaluation of applications by 7 July 2017
Grants announced and feedback given by 14 July 2017
Expected start date of projects (or within six months) 1 Sept 2017