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EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites: Call for Feasibility Study Proposals

04 December 2012

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites is offering funding for up to nine research feasibility studies in the field of Composites Manufacturing. The Centre is looking to fund TRL 1 to 3 research in the identified themes, which will aid the fundamental understanding of composites manufacturing. The feasibility studies should examine a subject area in the field, review activity in it, identify key challenges and research questions not currently being addressed and develop full proposals for funding by established routes (i.e. EPSRC, TSB, EU, Industry). Awardees are expected to attract significant new industrial support and the subsequent major award will form a strategic part of the Centre activities. Awards are limited to £50,000 at 80% FEC and up to a maximum duration of six months.

The call was issued on the 28th November 2012 and the deadline for submissions is 13:00 on 25th January 2013. Feasibility studies applications should be submitted to Dr Peter Schubel, the National Centre Manager.

Applications will then be evaluated by 15 February 2013. Grants and feedback will be given by 20 February 2013 and the projects are expected to begin by 30 March 2013.

Eligibility

Academic and postdoctoral research staff at UK Universities and associated research institutions are eligible to apply.

Scope of the Call

Feasibility study proposals are invited from academic researchers for projects that are complementary to the four core projects, are within the overall vision of the EPSRC Centre and/or support one of the following identified areas:

  • Manufacturing right first time for safety critical applications
  • Scale-up issues
  • Reliable and validated prediction of performance arising from automated manufacturing
  • Modelling and simulation of formation and consequences of defects, and in particular their long-term effects
  • Step change technologies – delivering value, quality and performance benefits
  • Ultra large structures – ultra high deposition of material
  • Step changes in tooling systems
  • Optimised structures for high volume manufacturing
  • Novel composites recycling and re-use technologies

Feasibility studies should lead to seeking larger grants from EPSRC/TSB/EU or Industry in collaboration with the EPSRC Centre.

For more information and to download full details please visit: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/Pages/feasibilitystudycomposites.aspx