ISIS offers £50,000 to accelerate your product development

A C60 molecule (a Buckminster fullerene, or ‘Buckyball’) with a muonium atom inside it.
(Credit: STFC)

SMEs have the chance to win up to £25,000 each in 'Proof of Principle' voucher prizes to help them unlock their potential by addressing key challenges in their technologies.

Many SME’s often encounter a barrier in developing their technologies beyond a certain stage and overcoming this barrier can be pivotal to the success of the company; it can help unfold other market sectors and offer significant potential on the wider market. Now SME’s have the chance to access cutting edge analysis techniques. STFC’s ISIS neutron and muon source is offering access to its facilities through ‘Proof-of-Principle’ vouchers that are redeemable against expertise, facilities and resources at the STFC Harwell site.

Application of neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy techniques can reveal detail that is inaccessible in other ways and can provide information that is crucial to overcoming barriers in technology development.

This world-leading facility provides insight into atomic, molecular and extended structure of liquids, solids and amorphous materials such as:

  • Thin film interface interactions and surface analysis
  • Residual stress measurements deep within metallic components
  • Molecular-level studies of pharmaceuticals
  • Atomic-level studies of energy-related materials such as ionic conduction in batteries
  • Catalysis investigations
  • Magnetic Structure
  • Molecular spectroscopy and interactions
  • Functional property and structure relationships

. . . amongst many other areas

The proof of principle competition allows SMEs to access expertise, capability and facilities offered by STFC’s ISIS neutron and muon source. These techniques can help overcome key challenges and accelerate product development process.

To enter please complete an application form and submit it to Sue Davies by Friday 11th December 2015.

Key application criteria include the following:

  • Your business should comprise fewer than 250 people.
  • Your proposed project should have clear business objectives and impact potential, should align with STFC’s fields of expertise and interest, and should already have progressed beyond proof-of-concept stage.
  • You need to be able to come to the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at Harwell to undertake the work and related project meetings.
  • Projects must be commissioned and completed by 31st March 2016.
  • The production of a case study at the end of the project in association with the ISIS neutron facility.

The winners will be selected by an STFC panel of experts.

The voucher scheme is subject to special terms and conditions that differ from STFC’s standard terms and conditions for contracted work. The intention is that the voucher holder will own and is free to use the IP arising from the project funded by the voucher – with the exception of the IP that relates to improvements of STFC’s background IP and operation of its facilities.

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000