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.

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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.

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Future Flight Fridays: Nature Inspired Solutions for Future Flight
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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