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...
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
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
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