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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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Veronica Sanchez-Romaguera

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Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1

UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries.

Opens: 02/09/2021 Closes: 04/11/2021

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 07/10/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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