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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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Funding Opportunities

EuropeWave’s innovative wave energy tender now open

EuropeWave is an innovative R&D programme for wave energy technology, which runs from 2021 to 2025. It will combine over €22.5m of national, regional and EU funding to drive a competitive Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) programme for wave energy. They are now inviting wave energy developers to apply for funding via its innovative pre-commercial procurement (PCP) programme.

Opens: 01/07/2021 Closes: 30/09/2021

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Biomedical Catalyst 2021 Round 2: Feasibility & Primer Awards

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £12 million to develop innovative healthcare products, technologies and processes.

Opens: 18/10/2021 Closes: 01/12/2021

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Recorded: 28th August

Future Flight Fridays: Nature Inspired Solutions for Future Flight

KTN's new webinar series for any industry sector interested in the Future Flight Challenge.

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20.09.2021

Dip into the Future Flight Café series with all recordings now available

Access the gallery of all the Future Flight Café recordings: each is just 45 minutes long and each shines a light on one previously funded project.

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24.09.2021

Global Research & Innovation in Plastics Sustainability (GRIPS) 2022: Call for Abstracts

Following on from the hugely successful GRIPS 2021, our call for papers is now open (closing 3rd Dec 2021), and we are specifically looking for abstracts (from academia or industry) that focus on innovations in plastics leading to enhanced sustainability of plastics and polymers leading to or having less impact on the environment.

 

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