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Enabling Technologies & Innovation Competences Challenge Project

Enabling Technologies programme can provide specialist early stage /new product development services to help small businesses overcome technical and resource barriers. This includes access to the specialists, capabilities and state of the art analysis facilities available in the Aston University Institute of Photonic technologies and Aston Institute or Materials Research.

The project can also assists businesses with finding grant funding and preparing grant applications, refer to specialists in relevant external organisations, such as Intellectual Property Office, Department for International Trade and other, identify opportunities for collaboration across Aston University and wider, across the region.

Our key area of activity in the ETICC project are...

Photonics
(science and technology of light)

Relates to optical technology applications in the areas of lasers, optical fibers, lithography, optical measurement systems, microscopes, lenses, optical communication, digital photography, LED and OLED lighting, cameras in phones, displays and solar cells

Advanced
Manufacturing Technologies

Includes innovative technologies, such as 3D printing, robotics, automation, modern machine tools, measuring/control/testing devices for machines, automated and IT-based manufacturing, aiming to advance products or processes3, for example, by improving material and energy efficiency

Industrial
Biotechnology

Includes enzymes, micro-organisms, amino acids and fermentation processes; excluding biotechnology for healthcare and agriculture. Industrial biotechnology is used for products such as bio-fuels, detergents, materials including plastics, rubber tyres, and chemical building blocks

Nanotechnology

Deals with methods to manufacture structures on a molecular or atomic scale.
Examples of applications include nanomedicine for improved healthcare, as well as carbon nanotubes for lighter materials and for higher conductivity and improved energy management

Advanced Materials

Covers a broad area of innovation in materials such as lightweight materials, low-carbon material energy solutions and other, including polymers, macromolecular compounds, rubber, metals, glass, ceramics, other non-metallic materials and fibers, as well as the whole field of nanomaterials and specialty materials for electric or magnetic applications

Micro / Nanoelectronics

Relates to the smallest and smartest of electronic components and systems that interact with each other. Examples include semiconductors, advanced sensors, power components, piezo-electrics and electronic chips

Examples of the funded support available to businesses include:

1

Product design

2

Engineering analysis

3

Electronics development


4

Photonics knowledge transfer workshops

5

New product development and planning

6

Novel lasers and optical tools for the biomedical market

7

Product Assessment

8

Market Research Technical Feasibility


9

Engineering Prototyping

10

Photonics and Electronics Technology Integration

11

Advanced Manufacturing using lasers

12

Photonics knowledge transfer workshops

13

Photonic Sensor development and adaption

14

Polymer design and fabrication

15

Material characterisation

Project Stats

2,000,000

Grant funding received for the project

129

SMEs project will support

26

Research collaborations

1550

Hours of support to provide