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.
Like all special Innovation Networks (formerly SIG’s) run by KTN, the aim is to convene people who wouldn’t normally meet; to learn, connect and explore opportunities. This Innovation Network focusses on the application of Nature Inspired Solutions across transport, infrastructure and energy. Through organising networking events, showcases and raising awareness by sharing best practice and success stories, we are building a cross-sector community and driving positive change. We work across academia and industry to ensure that ideas are translated into real-world applications, thus accelerating route to market.
We are currently in the process of building a landscape map and a commercial opportunity report to help accelerate growth and market uptake in the relevant sectors. If you would like to contribute or feature on this map, get in touch with Emma McKenna.
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Current Nature Inspired Solutions funding opportunities
Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 2 - Feasibility
Opens: 25/05/2022 Closes: 13/07/2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12 million for innovative clean maritime technologies. Strand 1 is for feasibility studies for pre-deployment testing for innovative clean maritime technology demonstrations, with project costs £100k-£1m.
SBRI: MRV tools and techniques for land based greenhouse gas removal, phase 1
Opens: 27/06/2022 Closes: 07/09/2022
Organisations can apply for a share of £375,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop tools, technologies and techniques to assist and enable the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of land based greenhouse gas removal (GGR) methods.
Plastic Products: Designing to Do The Right Thing
Using design to ‘do the right thing’ is at the heart of Innovate UK KTN’s new Design Innovation Network, and the plastics industry is just one area where a good design can yield huge benefits.
Join a new group of aviation experts making zero emission flight a reality
A new Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group has been launched to focus on catapulting the latest innovations in aviation decarbonisation technology.