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Towards Zero Prototyping

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £5.5m in collaborative R&D that develops and extends the use of novel modelling and simulation techniques, enabling product and process designers and manufacturers to reduce the need for physical prototypes.

Our aim is to help UK manufacturers to improve their design processes, speeding up the design cycle, reducing costs and creating better designs, thereby improving the UK's competitiveness.

Projects must be collaborative and business-led, and project partners can include research organisations and businesses of any size. Projects should last between one and two years, and we expect project sizes to be between £100k and £1m. We may consider projects that are outside this range, but applicants should contact us before submitting their expressions of interest. Levels of funding will depend upon the category of research, and the type of partner in the consortia involved. For example, a business would attract 50% public funding of project costs for industrial research (60% for SMEs).

This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 21 October 2013.

The deadline for registration is noon on 27 November 2013, and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 4 December 2013. The deadline for invited applications is noon on 12 February 2014. A briefing event for potential applicants will be held on 30 October 2013.

Please find out further information and register for the competition at


Date: October 21, 2013