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Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies are those technologies that are still largely held by the research base or in recently formed start-up companies. However, these technologies are disruptive and can offer a step-change in efficiency or functionality over existing products. We have a broad remit, with projects involving the quantum sciences, medical technologies, infrastructure and transport; all involving early-stage technologies at a lower than usual TRL.

Emerging Technologies are those technologies that are still largely held by the research base or in recently formed start-up companies. However, these technologies are disruptive and can offer a step-change in efficiency or functionality over existing products. We have a broad remit, with projects involving the quantum sciences, medical technologies, infrastructure and transport; all involving early-stage technologies at a lower than usual TRL.

We work with the innovators – either in business or academia, and those with an eye on future challenges and technologies.

We want to hear from people with ideas that can offer solutions to problems that others think are impossible to solve. We also want to hear from you if you want to think about challenges that are beyond your current roadmap.

Whether you are an innovator with a new concept, or you have an interest in meeting tomorrow’s challenges, we can connect you to people who can help. We can link you with potential end-users, guide you to sources of funding and tell you about technologies that you may not have come across previously.

Our current focus

Quantum

Quantum-enabled devices present a huge market opportunity for the UK. These technologies could transform a range of sectors including transport, healthcare, infrastructure, ICT, telecommunications and defence.

Neurotechnology

From bioelectronic medicine that treat chronic diseases, to brain-computer interfaces that help stroke rehabilitation, neurotechnology will play an increasingly important role in meeting some of the challenges of an ageing society.

Nature Inspired Solutions

In the past biomimicry or biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, applications, and alternative ways of production.

Funding Opportunities

Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence – Intelligent Agents

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new Innovation Focus Area (IFA) called Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence , which aims to develop self-defending cyber security systems for military operational platforms and technologies.

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Building responsible neurotechnology research capability

Apply for funding to develop a research network for neurotechnology. The full economic cost of your network can be up to £7.5 million. EPSRC and MRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost, up to £6 million. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 8th October 2021.

Opens: 06/09/2021 Closes: 25/11/2021

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Circular economy for SMEs: innovating with the NICER programme

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.

Opens: 11/10/2021 Closes: 08/12/2021

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Events

Fri
6
Nov
2020

UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase

09.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Mon
15
Feb
2021

February 2021 Workshop: Glimpse of the Future

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

Recording coming soon

Mon
24
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series – Emerging and Enabling, Complex Systems

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

Recording coming soon

News

02.09.2021

Quantum-enabled technologies that will transform business and everyday lives at this year’s UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase

Join us for this year’s UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase on 5th November in the Business Design Centre, London where Innovate UK, with KTN support, will be showcasing 60+ exhibitions demonstrating growing commercialisation and industrialisation of quantum technologies in the UK.

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14.08.2020

Emerging and Enabling Technologies funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the Emerging and Enabling Technologies sectors. Updated September 2021.

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