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Grant funding available for nanotechnology feasibility studies

16 September 2010

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has launched BlueSkyNano, an award scheme that aims to increase engagement between industry and academia. The first award scheme is in partnership with the University of Surrey and will offer companies funding of up to GBP5,000 to encourage them to undertake a feasibility study to help solve technology challenges utilising the University’s expertise. The call for applications opened on September 13th 2010 and will close on the 26th of November 2010.
BlueSkyNano has been established to fund feasibility studies aimed at new product development or product enhancement. Focused primarily on innovation in nanomaterials, it will cover application areas including ICT, environment and energy, medicine and high value manufacturing and aims to establish a recognisable brand for UK industry.

The funding is available to all SMEs working in the nanotechnology space. Applications will be reviewed by the Research and Enterprise staff at the University of Surrey and successful applicants will be introduced to suitable academics to deliver the project. As well as working as part of BlueSkyNano, there will also be opportunities for further funding using KTA (Knowledge Transfer Account) /KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships)/IDC (Integrated Doctoral Centre) mechanisms.

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