Electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics in extreme environments
Fund Name: Electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics in extreme environments
Project Length: Up to 12 or 18 months
Project Value: Up to £2m
The aim of this competition is to support the development of electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP) components in robotic systems. These must improve robotic operations in extreme environments beyond what is currently possible.
Your solution must take into account the environmental and physical constraints that are typical of extreme environments. Such extreme and hazardous conditions may include extreme and variable temperature and pressure, lack of oxygen, high levels of radiation, reduced visibility and accessibility.
Your proposal must:
- allocate the majority of the work to the development, hardening, integration and validation of ESP components, devices and/or sub-systems.
- identify the precise operational scenario or scenarios for extreme and challenging environments in which the ESP technologies will be used
- demonstrate awareness of the addressable market the solution is designed for
Feasibility studies projects’ total eligible costs must be between £25,000 and £100,000. Collaborative R&D projects’ total eligible costs must be between £50,000 and £250,000.
You must carry out your project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.
For feasibility studies:
- an SME must lead the project
- your organisation can work alone or collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
- total eligible project costs must be between £25,000 and £100,000
- your project can last up to 12 months
For collaborative R&D (industrial research and/or experimental development):
- a business, of any size, must lead the project
- you must collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
- your consortium must include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
- total eligible project costs must be between £50,000 and £250,000
- your project can last up to 18 months but must finish by 31 March 2021
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