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Competition guidance for UK and USA Innovation In Global Composites Markets

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Funding details
Registration opens
29 May 2019, 12:00
21 Aug 2019, 12:00
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.7 million to develop innovative technologies for global composites markets with USA partners
For UK organisations - Innovate UK; for US Organisations - IACMI

This competition has now closed to new applications: you can see information on the projects below.

You can view the online briefing webinar for more information on this competition here.

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.

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. You will be asked to complete a 2 slide pitch template (see below). 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 – can be downloaded below) as a part of their grant application. Please note the closing date for the competition is 21 August 2019 and applicants are advised to contact the KTN well in advance of this date, preferably before the end of July.

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.

Details of projects available for collaboration are:

1. SMC Reinforced by Recycled or Textile Carbon Fibers (6.23)

2. Development of Non-destructive Evaluation/Non-destructive Testing (NDE/NDT) Tools for High-Volume, High-Speed Inspection of CFRP Structures in Automotive Manufacturing (3.13)

3. Development of Automotive Grade Carbon Fiber Composite Performance Standards to Reduce Costs and Drive Mainstream, High Volume Vehicle Production with CFRP (6.21)

4. Low Cost Pultruded Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) Composites for Spar Caps (4.7)

5. Tailored Fiber Placement for Complex Preforms (5.7)

6. Closing the Loop on Automotive Carbon Fiber Prepreg Manufacturing Scrap (6.20)

8. Hybrid Injection molding (injection overmolding) for structural components (

9. Prepregging with Textile Carbon Fibers (6.19)

For more information on this competition, including the application process and scope, please click here.


Download supporting documents:

Pitch template (Powerpoint format – if you do not have Powerpoint, this can be opened and edited using Google Slides)

Draft International Collaboration agreement (.docx format – if you do not have Microsoft Word, this can be opened and edited using Google Docs)