Organisations can apply for a share of £750,000 to investigate how synthetic biology can provide transparent materials for military use
Award: Up to £80,000
Opens: 10th Nov 2016
Closes: 2nd Feb 2017
This Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) themed competition is looking for highly innovative, ambitious proposals using synthetic biology approaches to produce transparent materials for defence and security.
The best ideas could share up to £1 million to develop them further in a second phase of the competition.
There is a need in the military for transparent armour that is highly robust, maintains its optical properties despite impact, and is compatible with night vision.
Synthetic biology applies engineering principles to biology to develop new biological devices and new materials.
CDE is seeking ideas in two areas:
Proposals must have a synthetic biology component in their approach and phase 1 projects should produce enough material to demonstrate the proof of concept.