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CIMComp Second Call for Feasibility Study Proposals

13 January 2015

On the 6th of January 2015, CIMComp launched its new call for feasibility studies, which is open to all UK academic institutions. 

CIMComp explains it is offering funding for up to five research feasibility studies in the field of Polymer Composites Manufacturing. CIMComp is looking to fund TRL 1 to 2 research in the identified themes, which will facilitate fundamental step-change technologies for composites manufacturing. The feasibility studies should examine a subject area in the field, review activity in it, identify key challenges and research questions, conduct fundamental research and look to develop full proposals for funding by established routes (in other words EPSRC, InnovateUK, EU, Industry).

In addition, successful feasibility studies will be invited to aid in the development of the proposed CIMComp II programme application. Awards are limited to £50,000 at 80% FEC and up to a maximum duration of six months. Details of the call are found on the CIMComp homepage http://www.epsrc-cimc.ac.uk.

CIMComp says this call only relates to manufacturing and process science of polymer matrix composites (excluding metal and ceramic matrix composites). Proposals focused on materials science and engineering are also within scope, however they must clearly demonstrate how the materials relate to a manufacturing challenge and they must demonstrate scalability. Proposals are particularly welcome which address:

  • Technologies associated with high-volume, semi-structural and structural parts,
  • Reduced cycle time/ increased performance through the use of validated simulation tools (process/ manufacturing simulation,)
  • Design for manufacture and performance through optimum use of composites,
  • Manufacturing challenges for smart structures,
  • Novel joining of composites,
  • Advancements in resin system formulation for high rate production,
  • Novel fibre reinforcement development and manufacture,
  • Novel composites recycling and re-use technologies and associated manufacturing challenges.

Key dates are as follows:

  • Call launched, 6th January 2015,
  • Closing date for applications, 12th February 2015,
  • Evaluation of applications by, 6th March 2015,
  • Grants announced and feedback given by, 11th March 2015,
  •  Expected start of the projects, 1st April 2015.

This new call follows on from the successful first round of CIMComp funded feasibility studies which was launched in 2013. The call attracted 46 proposals from 25 institutions across the UK and funded nine projects of six-month duration to the value of up to £50,000 each. The funding allowed for the employment of a PDRF for up to six-months to carry out the research and deliver monthly update reports, a final report and dissemination presentation. The intention is that CIMComp involvement will help to bring these studies forward to a point where new funding opportunities are created. In this way, these studies grow the capabilities of the UK composites manufacturing community and support the growth of CIMComp and its network of partners. These nine studies are now complete and four have gone on to secure significant follow-on grants totalling £2.4million. CIMComp continues to support and promote all associated projects.