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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

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Spring 2021

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects.

Opens: 06/04/2021 Closes: 19/05/2021

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KTN-iX challenge: Monitoring Movement in Crowds

The Innovation Exchange (iX), delivered in partnership with HMG and KTN, is looking to identify innovative solutions to a number of challenges around overseeing, anonymously, the movement of people in shared spaces with the intent of ensuring crowd safety.

Opens: 22/03/2021 Closes: 06/05/2021

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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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Assistive Technology Impact Fund (ATIF): Global Open Call

Hear about the opportunity for AT innovation in the African market, from world-leading experts, meet and mingle with other potential applicants and learn more about the AT Impact Fund, and how you can apply to be a part of ATIF’s next cohort.

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The importance of low-cost air sanitation devices in the fight against Covid-19 and pandemics

Not-for-profit group with effective and low-cost air-sanitiser designs requests support from experts who can accelerate testing, development and raise awareness of the need for air-sanitation in the fight against Covid-19 and future pandemics.

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