Science Minister David Willetts has announced an �85m fund for research into advanced materials, energy storage and robotics

Willetts announces �85 million research capital fund

Funding bids for advanced materials, energy storage and robotics research are being invited after an £85m fund was announced.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are inviting capital bids to increase the strength and productivity of research in three technology ares, with £30m set aside for research into advanced materials, a further £30m for grid-scale energy storage and £25m for robotics and autonomous systems.

Announcing the forthcoming call David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said: “The Government’s investment in the eight great technologies will drive growth and help secure the UK’s high-tech future.

“This £85m capital fund will boost our research capability in advanced materials, energy storage and robotics and autonomous systems. It will keep the UK at the forefront of science and innovation.”

Professor David Delpy, EPSRC chief executive, said: “This call will focus on building capability in areas that are vital for the country and where we are already carrying out exciting research.

“The work will help develop new ways of storing power, new materials that can aid manufacturing and other industries, and further developing how autonomous systems communicate, learn and work with humans.”

Full details of the call will be available on the EPSRC website shortly.

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