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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

KTN-iX challenge: Solutions for Smarter & Greener Places

Through this iX challenge, EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative solutions that create smarter and greener places who are interested in corporate strategic investment, with innovations across energy, mobility and infrastructure that enable smarter and greener places. Alongside technical innovations, EQUANS is interested in educational tools that help to promote behavioural change in communities, supporting democratisation in achieving decarbonisation.

Opens: 06/07/2021 Closes: 30/09/2021

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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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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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21.07.2021

Nature-inspired Solutions Innovation Network - Summary report

In the UK, there is a very significant community of researchers carrying out nature-inspired work and several companies also seeking to develop and deploy solutions, including the Centre for Nature-inspired Engineering at UCL, dedicated to drawing lessons from nature to solve grand societal challenges, and the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, funded by Research England to create the next generation of living buildings.

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08.07.2021

KTN launches Future Flight landscape map

KTN’s Future Flight Landscape map connects the wide variety of UK sectors and expertise that are fundamental to the third aviation revolution.

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