Smart Functional Materials

Smart Functional Materials are defined as those materials that change significantly one or more of their physical or chemical native properties when subjected to changes in their environment, thus rendering them stimuli-responsive.

Smart functional materials are the basis of many applications, including sensors and actuators, artificial muscles, self healing materials, electroactive polymers etc. The range of application sectors is correspondingly large, including: information and communications technology, energy generation and storage transport, Healthcare, defence,consumer goods.

Many of the applications depend upon the use of multiple smart functional materials. Unlike many materials that are used in large volumes (such as, for example, building or packaging materials), the value of most smart functional materials lies in their enabling capabilities. Their economic impact comes from the effects of applying the devices and systems that use them, rather than the economic value of the materials themselves.

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Current Smart Functional Materials funding opportunities

Women in Innovation Awards 2022/23

Opens: 22/08/2022 Closes: 19/10/2022

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for an award which includes a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

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SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions Round 2

Opens: 12/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022

UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for early-stage and mid-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

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Faraday Institution energy storage projects

Opens: 05/09/2022 Closes: 06/10/2022

This funding call seeks to identify researchers, based at UK Universities and qualifying Research Organisations, to progress at least one of the following six major research projects funded by the Faraday Institution: Degradation, ReLib, SafeBatt, SolBat, LiSTAR, Multi-Scale Modelling (MSM). In doin

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#IdeasMeanBusiness: Personal branding
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#IdeasMeanBusiness: Personal branding

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