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Manufacturing electronic systems of the future, collaborative R&D

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £4.75m in collaborative R&D and feasibility studies to stimulate innovation and growth in the manufacture of electronic systems.
We are looking to fund projects that explore novel manufacturing processes that could lead to new ways of making products in future. The early exploitation of these processes should improve competitiveness by enhancing functionality, reducing size or cost, adapting form and/ or enabling rapid scale-up.
We are seeking to fund business-led collaborative R&D (industrial research), with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). We expect collaborative R&D project costs to be up to £500k and for projects to last between 12 and 24 months.
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Design is likely to play a significant part in collaborative R&D project work and so we are also offering projects specialist design support through our Design Option.
Proposals for feasibility studies (preindustrial research) must be business-led and can involve a single business or be collaborative. Business partners can attract public funding of up to 65% of their project costs (75% for SMEs). We expect feasibility project costs to be up to £75k and for projects to last up to 9 months.
The competition opens for both types of project on 17 February 2014 and the deadline for registration is noon on 26 March 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest for collaborative R&D projects, and for applications for feasibility projects, is noon on 2 April 2014.
A briefing event and webinar for potential applicants will be held in London on 26 February 2014. The competition briefing event's agenda also includes a project pitching session from 14.30 to 15.30. If you are interested in presenting your project, please email a brief outline of your project pitch to
A multi-$billion tier-1 supplier with manufacturing and product development presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, is seeking to collaborate with innovative UK organisations in the electronics sector across much of the scope identified in this competition. Should this be of interest, then a representative of that company will be present at the competition briefing event on 26 February 2014.
A global, multi-billion pound materials processing company is seeking innovative UK electronics companies to collaborate as part of this competition, and a representative of the company will be present at the competition briefing event on 26 February 2014.
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