The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced that they are committing up to £10M to support research that addresses the manufacturing challenges associated with novel replacements for materials that are scarce, difficult to source, expensive or deleterious to health and the environment.
The Materials Substitution for Safety, Security and Sustainability competition will build capability in a small number of promising materials opportunity areas. EPSRC expects to support up to five ambitious, large, long-term multidisciplinary programmes.
Successful materials innovation is likely to require a multidisciplinary approach in order to address the materials, manufacturing and systems issues. Materials substitution can be disruptive and may require new business models. The involvement and input of companies and other users is particularly important in order to increase the likelihood of successful adoption.
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