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Feasibility studies in Surface engineering and coating technologies for high-value manufacturing

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Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in technical feasibility studies to stimulate innovative new concepts and applications in surface engineering and coatings, positioning the sector to identify potential areas for further innovation, and address the challenge areas for future growth. The aim of this competition is to stimulate innovation in areas of the UK’s surface engineering and coating (SEAC) industry. These include: the creation and evaluation of innovative and accessible real-time process control technology process informatics improved characterisation techniques the measurement of critical coating and surface properties integration of existing SEAC technologies with digital manufacturing technology.

Projects must be led by a business, working alone or in collaboration with other companies or research organisations. If working in collaboration, at least one of the partners must be either a surface engineering or advanced coatings company. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.

Deadline for proposals: 16 March

Funding available: £50,000 – £150,000

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