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Competition guidance for UK and US Innovation In Global Composites Markets

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Funding details
Registration opens
01 Jan 2018, 00:00
Registration closes
01 Feb 2018, 00:00
01 Mar 2018, 00:00
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.7 million to develop innovative technologies for global composites markets with US partners
For UK organisations - Innovate UK; for US Organisations - IACMI


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Open date: 29 May 2019, 00:00

Online briefing event: 6 June 2019

Close date: 21 August 2019


Under the UKRI Funding for International Collaboration (FIC) the UK and USA are running a joint grant funding competition. The competition will focus on collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects, which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets.

Proposals are welcomed from UK organisations who can collaborate with existing US partners in the field of composites manufacturing. US projects are being run by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and their industrial partners. These projects are already funded. Successful UK applicants are funded solely by UKRI FIC through Innovate UK.


UK-led projects can have total eligible project costs between £100,000 and £1 million with a maximum grant of up to £300,000 for UK applicants. Projects must start by January 2020 and can last up to 18 months. Details of innovations that are in scope for the competition and participant eligibility can be found on the Innovate UK competition webpage here [LINK TO THIS ONCE ONLINE].

To lead a project UK applicants must be one of the following, and involve the other as collaborator:

  • a UK business of any size
  • a UK research and technology organisation (RTO) or UK university

You must collaborate with a US project team.

UK applicants must contact the Knowledge Transfer Network to be put in touch with a US project team. They will then be put in contact with IACMI in order to establish a consortia. Project teams must include a draft International Project Consortium Agreement (ready for signing) as a part of their grant application.

We are looking to fund a portfolio of projects, across a variety of technologies, markets, technological maturities and research categories to build a portfolio of projects that:

  • are high quality
  • target opportunities that benefit both the UK and the USA economy and/or productivity in a positive way
  • demonstrate sufficient innovation, potential return on investment and degree of technical risk
  • demonstrate value for money, including the potential impact of the project relative to its cost, and the cost of other projects under consideration


Innovate UK and IACMI have developed a portfolio of composite manufacturing technology priority areas that are relevant to the UK and the USA. IACMI have selected a number of existing projects that reflect this portfolio. UK organisations are invited to apply to collaborate with these projects.

US Projects currently in progress are:

  • Project 3.9 High Speed Layup and Forming of Automotive Composite Components
  • Project 5.5 Hybrid Additively Manufactured Tooling for Large Composite Structure


For more information on this competition, including the application process and scope, please click here. [ADD LINK ONCE COMPETITION LIVE ON IUK SITE 8TH MAY].