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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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Funding Opportunities

ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Demonstrators - expression of interest

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £16 million for bold and ambitious demonstrator projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

Opens: 10/02/2021 Closes: 24/03/2021

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SBRI Competition rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9 million inclusive of VAT, to develop demonstrators that increase customers’ confidence and enhance experience, deliver a railway that is easy to use, offer low emissions and a greener railway.

Opens: 08/02/2021 Closes: 10/03/2021

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04.08.2020

Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Manufacturing and Materials sectors. Last updated 10th Feb 2021.

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03.02.2021

Assistive Technology Impact Fund (ATIF): Global Open Call

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