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3rd May 2018, Swindon

EPSRC launches call for innovation fellowships

Proposals must be step-changing and disruptive in order to facilitate the aims of the Hub. EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub is inviting applications for up to two postdoctoral Innovation Fellowships, which will be for a period of up to two years and are aimed at early stage researchers looking to take the first step towards an independent research career.

Innovation Fellowships are open to national and international researchers and will be hosted by the most appropriate UK institutions to support the aims of the research. Fellows will benefit from access to facilities and expertise across existing Hub members. Candidates can apply before 31 May 2018.

Applicants are expected to develop a proposal at TRL 1 to 3 to facilitate a fundamental step-change in composites manufacturing technology within the UK. The proposal should examine a subject area that is ambitious and high risk, identifying key challenges and research questions not currently being addressed. This can include the development of new manufacturing technologies, analytical studies to develop a fundamental understanding of state-of-the-art processes, or the development of process modelling and optimisation techniques. Proposals must focus on composites manufacturing, rather than the development of next-generation materials and address at least one of the five Hub priority areas.

Whilst fellowships are for a fixed period of up to two years, the successful candidate will be expected to generate additional funding to extend this period and expand their research.

The Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub is a £10.3 million investment by the EPSRC to engage academics from across the UK to deliver a step change in the manufacturing of polymer matrix composites. The Hub is led by the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol and includes eight other Spokes; Brunel University London, the University of Cambridge, Cranfield University, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, the University of Glasgow, the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton.

The vision for the Hub is to enable Moore’s law for composites – a doubling in production capability every two years for high performance polymer composites. The proposal should, therefore, support this vision and target one of the following research priority areas, which have been identified in collaboration with industry partners and the broader composites community:

  • High rate deposition and rapid processing technologies
  • Design for manufacture via validated simulation
  • Manufacturing for multifunctional composites and integrated structures
  • Inspection and in-process evaluation
  • Recycling and re-use

Proposals must be step-changing and disruptive in order to facilitate the aims of the Hub. Proposals should also focus on overcoming manufacturing related challenges, rather than material developments.

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