Funding Opportunities Introduction

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has today opened the NCC Technology Pull-Through programme to all UK universities for projects starting in April 2020, in collaboration with the EPSRC Future Composite Manufacturing Research Hub (FCMRH).

Now in its fourth year, the TPT programme is designed to promote research that will enable the transition of suitably mature technologies from academia to industry. It aims to de-risk, scale up and facilitate the industrialisation of proven technologies by transferring them from the lab environment into the NCC’s semi-industrial set-up for further testing.

The programme is open to all academics who have completed fundamental research into their chosen technology, and are now looking to prove its technology readiness. As well as sponsoring the collaborative projects between the applying university and the NCC, the NCC will be actively involved in the research activities, offering its research and development experience to help further the project. An NCC Champion and NCC Project Manager will also assist invited applicants to develop their full proposal for further review.

The Expression of Interest applications will be reviewed by the Knowledge Exchange Committee (formed by the members identified by the FCMRH management) and by the NCC TPT Committee (formed by NCC staff identified by the NCC Technology Board).

Further information on the programme can be found here. Expression of Interest application templates can be found here, with additional guidelines on completing the form available here.

Applications should be submitted to by 23:59 on Friday 27th September.

Key dates:

  • 5th August 2019 – Open call for project proposals
  • 27th September 2019 – Expression of Interest application submission deadline
  • 1st November 2019 – Expression of Interest application down-selected
  • 13th December 2019 – Full proposal submission deadline
  • 31st January 2020 – Final decisions
  • 6th March 2020 – Collaboration agreements signed off & POs raised
  • 1st April 2020 – Projects start
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