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Programme funding

EUR 18,5 million
To encourage a wide range of industrial sectors to investigate the potential for new technology adoption and application to make a step change in their productivity and significantly enhance their competitive position
To involve companies in collaborative joint ventures with others and with the science base to carry out technology integration aimed at commercial products and processes
To promote science base-industry networking for the development of industrial applications of key new technologies


Basic Technologies for Industrial Applications programme is a UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) programme of applied research and technology transfer to enable business to commercialise basic technologies. This industrially oriented programme will cover the applied research and application of basic technologies such as those being investigated under the UK Research Councils' Basic Technology Research Programme. It forms part of the The DTI's Basic Technologies innitiative to take forward the undertaking announced on 13 February 2001 in the UK Enterprise, Skills and Innovation White Paper, Opportunity for All in a World of Change, "to invest €40 million to ensure that industry can exploit key basic technologies with widespread applications in manufacturing".

The overall BTIA programme will:
Promote awareness of the technologies themselves and other technologies which may assist in their exploitation.
Employ a variety of mechanisms to promote the adaptation of basic technological advances to create commercially successful products and services.
Promote a culture of innovation.

The programme will fund, through the LINK* mechanism, high quality applied research projects that will lead to step changes in product and/or process performance through the commercial exploitation of advanced manufacturing technology.
* LINK is the UK government mechanism for funding of collaborative research involving the industry and the research base.


Proposals are not restricted to any particular technology but may include : Sensors and Imaging Microsystems, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Imaging, Displays, Wireless technology, Data storage, New materials, Modelling and Simulation, Smart technologies, Power electronics, Advanced control, Superconductivity

There are two sub-programmes under BTIA:
_ LINK BTIA Programme (€16.1M)
Pre-competitive (proof-of-concept) collaboration between the research base, solution suppliers, manufacturers and end-users to focus on a step-change in industrial capability with clear and realistic routes to market and potential for significant improvements in productivity and profitability of UK companies.

_ BTIA Technology Transfer Programme (€2.4M)
Strategic workshops for Research Councils and other basic technologies
Seminars, Awareness Events
Exhibition(s) for existing basic and enabling technologies
UK & European -Cluster of technology within business processes
Case studies / Technology briefs / Strategic Studies
Demonstrators & site visits
Conferences, etc,etc


Eligible organisations:
- Any UK company which intends to carry out research in UK and exploit results in UK or EU
- Foreign-owned companies with research and manufacturing facilities in UK, provided exploitation in UK or EU
- Any recognised UK higher education institution (HEI)
- Any UK Government Research Establishment or research council establishment
- Research Technology Organisations (RTOs) as industrial or research base partner depending on role

The criteria for support:
- High level of innovation
- Potential for a step-change in industrial innovation
- Potential risk and rewards in using new technology
- Feasibility of proposed approach
- Quality, expertise and resources of consortium
- Range of potential beneficiaries (inc SMEs)
- Strength of UK research base in the technologies covered
- Longer-term benefits to UK capability
- Wider industrial interest and relevance


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