Unlock the potential of graphene

To accelerate the understanding and use of graphene within Greater Manchester-based SMEs, the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) has secured a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant, allowing us to expose our world-class labs and engineers to local companies across the region.

Open to SMEs operating within the Greater Manchester area, the grant covers 100% of staff time and equipment use at the GEIC to help bring new ideas from concept to reality, helping unlock the full potential of graphene and other 2D materials in new products, services or processes.

What is graphene?

Graphene is the world’s first example of a 2D material (a single-atom thick material), isolated at the University of Manchester. Graphene is transparent, impermeable to all liquids and gases, exhibits high thermal and electrical conductivity and possess excellent mechanical properties.  It can be applied within a range of sectors and applications.

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What will it cost us?

Nothing other than your time and commitment. The ERDF grant will cover the cost of staff time and equipment at the GEIC to help you understand how the use of graphene could enhance your product. If the initial research is positive, you will be entitled to additional funding to take your product through to prototype and pre-production status. Take a look at the full details of the grant and what it means.

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What is the role of the GEIC?

The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) was created to bridge the gap between cutting edge University-based research into graphene materials and industry. Working with UK-based business and global partners, the Centre creates, tests and optimises new product concepts for delivery to market, along with defining the processes required for scale up and supply chain integration.

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Is my business eligible?

To be eligible for the ERDF grant, you need to have a business presence within the Greater Manchester area, have a turnover of less than €50M and/or employ fewer than 250 staff.

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Do you have a product or service that could be enhanced through the use of graphene? Apply now to see if you qualify for an ERDF grant.