Funding Opportunity

Materials Challenge Accelerator Programme opens for applications

The Henry Royce Institute is inviting proposals from higher education institutions, research technology organisations and SMEs in the UK (either individually or as a group) to progress priority areas for innovation identified in the Royce National Materials Challenge roadmaps and landscape documents.

Awards will be made to support materials-related research and technology development satisfying the requirements of this call with demonstrable potential to deliver substantial impact in UK science or society.


Royce has progressed a number of National Materials Challenges with the UK materials community over the past two years. This funding programme is aimed at addressing the findings summarised in the published landscapes/roadmaps by stimulating ambitious materials research projects.

The available short-term funding is targeted at projects developing novel techniques, approaches or technologies that have the potential to enable transformative step changes in materials research capability.


In the first instance we are requesting that applicants submit a short ’Intent to submit’ form. This will give us an indication of the level of interest and enable us to identify review panel members more efficiently.

The project must align with one of the 5 published roadmaps or associated articles to be eligible. Your application will be assessed by an independent panel made up of experts in the field against the following criteria:

SMART objectives and the expected impact on delivering transformative innovation
The evidencing of the provision of value for money
Ability to complete by 31st March 2023
Ability of team to deliver a high impact project


Find out more on the MCAP Funding Page