Materials Sector – Call for Proposals Designing digital materials innovation

The Innovation in Digital Engineering – Materials Sector (IDEMS) programme will provide digital design and integration expertise to support companies in development of materials with enhanced or new functionality for mobility and energy applications.

We are seeking expressions of interest that propose materials innovation activity to address:

  • Reduction and elimination of critical raw materials (for example, in permanent magnets)
  • Enhanced and new functionality for advanced sensing, energy harvesting, storage* and generation
  • Lightweighting of structures
  • Provenance and tracking of materials

*traditional lithium-ion battery materials are not in scope but we would consider ancillary materials e.g. thermal storage

Projects are expected to demonstrate a high positive impact on UK manufacturing and productivity, net zero, supply chain resilience, future mobility and/​or energy security.

Most projects are anticipated to fall in the 6 – 9‑month timeframe, with maximum project duration being fixed at 12 months.

Areas of digital design and integration we can support you with include (but are not limited to):

  • Data science and analytics
  • Modelling and simulation, incl. molecular dynamics or quantum based methods, and/​or modelling at multiple scales
  • Machine learning and knowledge extraction
  • Optimisation of formulation, processing or new materials integration

Expressions of Interest are now open.

Key Dates

18 Nov 2022 | Expressions of Interest open

23 Dec 2022 | Expressions of Interest deadline

20 Jan 2023 | Successful applicants notified

3 Mar 2023 | Full proposal submission deadline 

28 Mar 202330 Jun 2023 | Projects commence 

30 Jun 2024​| Projects must end by​(Further information click here)