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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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Emma McKenna

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Funding Opportunities

Welsh Government SBRI: Better Lives Closer To Home

Welsh Government and the SBRI Centre of Excellence will fund organisations to develop new products or services that will support our long term health and wellbeing with a focus on better lives closer to home. Your solution must help communities, businesses or the public sector.

Opens: 04/11/2020 Closes: 27/11/2020

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SBRI Removing air pollutants from homes to safeguard health

Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop products or services to remove harmful pollutants from homes.

Opens: 23/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hub – Smart Factory: Expression of Interest

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for up to £20 million from ISCF to set up and run a smart factory innovation hub.

Opens: 23/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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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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News

22.10.2020

Cross-Sectoral Opportunities for Batteries: A new community launch & £10m funding

In late September, KTN was delighted to play a key role in supporting innovation for batteries – the launch of the Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network.

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27.10.2020

Could your innovation lead to the next generation of hair conditioners?

Croda has launched a challenge on KTN’s Innovation Exchange to find innovative solutions that could lead to the next generation in hair conditioners.

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