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Synthetic biology for novel materials research

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The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to enable development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national security. £750,000 of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition. Up to £1 million will also be made available for Phase 2. Funding will be considered on a per-project basis. This CDE themed competition is looking for synthetic biology approaches to produce novel materials to address defence challenges. Novel materials with enhanced performance in a variety of applications will enhance defence and security, while also having civilian, commercial uses. This Phase 1 competition seeks proposals for short-term, highly innovative, proof-of-concept research that bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers who use synthetic biology in the design and/or development of next-generation structural and functional materials. Proposals that aim to address the technical challenges associated with developing the following solutions will be of particular interest: protective applications, such as novel armour solutions self-healing materials enhanced resistance to corrosion novel adhesives. This competition will be briefed at a CDE Innovation Network event on 10 February 2016 and at a webinar on 7 March 2016.

Deadline for proposals: 14 April

Funding available: £750,000

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