£3m Investment to Encourage China - UK Partnerships in Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing

MOST CHINAChina's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board are to invest up to £3m in collaborative R&D projects that make manufacturing processes more sustainable.

The aim of this program is to promote academic and industrial cooperation between the two countries. According to China MOST’s Notice on 25 Dec 2013, project proposals must be collaborative and submitted via joint notification of team members to both China MOST and UK Technology Strategy Board. A team should consist of at least one Chinese research institution and one UK manufacturer, or vice versa.

In line with sustainable advanced manufacturing strategy, projects must address at least one of the following areas: 
  • Conversion to alternative renewable or more sustainable raw materials;
  • Better management of quality variation in raw materials;
  • Adding value to/increasing re-use of waste streams within/across production processes;
  • Innovative heat or energy management or input in production;
  • Changing from manufacturing in batches to continuous processes;
  • Novel chemical processes and reactor designs, including novel catalysis, flow chemistry or use of novel solvents or solvent-free processes;
  • Novel processes based on industrial biotechnology;
  • Improved production measurement, analysis and process control;
  • Light-weighting of components through novel manufacturing processes;
  • Net-shape or near-net-shape manufacturing processes.

Each partner in a collaborative R&D project can receive funding towards their project costs. The funding is a percentage of the total eligible project costs and varies, depending on the type of organization and the type of research. The project must be accomplished, or have made stepwise achievement, after being carried out for 2 years, and the project should be applied to industrial uses within 3 years from its conclusion. 

Any interested teams can register and apply from now until 26 Mar 2014. For detailed information please refer to issuance of China MOST and UK Technology Strategy Board.

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