Technology Pull-Through Programme 2020-21

7 August 2019

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has today opened the NCC Technology Pull-Through programme to all UK universities for projects starting in April 2020, in collaboration with the EPSRC Future Composite Manufacturing Research Hub (FCMRH).

Now in its fourth year, the TPT programme is designed to promote research that will enable the transition of suitably mature technologies from academia to industry. It aims to de-risk, scale up and facilitate the industrialisation of proven technologies by transferring them from the lab environment into the NCC’s semi-industrial set-up for further testing.

The programme is open to all academics who have completed fundamental research into their chosen technology, and are now looking to prove its technology readiness. As well as sponsoring the collaborative projects between the applying university and the NCC, the NCC will be actively involved in the research activities, offering its research and development experience to help further the project. An NCC Champion and NCC Project Manager will also assist invited applicants to develop their full proposal for further review.

The Expression of Interest applications will be reviewed by the Knowledge Exchange Committee (formed by the members identified by the FCMRH management) and by the NCC TPT Committee (formed by NCC staff identified by the NCC Technology Board).

Key dates:

5th August 2019 – Open call for project proposals
27th September 2019 – Expression of Interest application submission deadline
1st November 2019 – Expression of Interest application down-selected
13th December 2019 – Full proposal submission deadline
31st January 2020 – Final decisions
6th March 2020 – Collaboration agreements signed off & POs raised
1st April 2020 – Projects start

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COVID-19 update - Easter shutdown and new working pattern

The NCC is taking a break for the Easter holidays and will be completely shutdown from Good Friday (10th April), returning on Monday 20th April.

From 20th April, all NCC staff will work a 4-day week, from Mondays to Thursdays. We will be completely shut on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We will also re-open our workshop to support customer work and the national ventilator and recovery efforts, following a message from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to the UK manufacturing sector. We will have a phased return to the workshop for some of our manufacturing team, observing special measures for social distancing. 

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