Sheffield SPARK awards

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 in Funding calls, News| Share this article
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Working with the Materials KTN, the University of Sheffield has made  funding available for companies wishing to work with us for the first time to undertake initial technology-based projects.

Based on the strength of its research excellence in advanced  materials, the University of Sheffield  has been awarded a £5.7m EPSRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA),  designed to turn the university’s research into benefit.

Sheffield’s KTA team is to manage the assignment of individual awards of up to £5000 for UK based companies to fund problem solving, proof-of-concept technology demonstration and other  development activities involving materials. Application for the awards  is fairly straightforward and a rapid decision can normally be given.

The research work must be carried out by or in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, and a fundamental requirement for such an award is  that projects reach completion within a maximum of 4 months from the start date of the project (normally the date of confirmation of SPARK  funding).

Although projects are not expected to qualify on all the grounds below, priority will be given to proposals which:

  • Promise rapid results beyond completion of the work.
  • Have high leverage of future value for the company.
  • Have the potential to generate significant future collaborations.
  • Develop novel and/or innovative products or technologies.
  • Will deliver value back into the UK materials community.

Further details and how to apply can be found via the link below.

Sheffield EPSRC KTA