Henry Royce Institute: SME Equipment Access Scheme

The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials is offering access to state-of-the-art materials science and engineering equipment to support SMEs, spin-outs and start-ups.

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Access to state-of-the-art materials science and engineering equipment


The Henry Royce Institute

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The Royce SME Equipment Access Scheme (formerly the Materials Accelerator Token Scheme) is open to UK-based SMEs, spin-outs and start-ups and offers subsidised facilities access, perfect for businesses seeking solutions to materials analysis obstacles.

The scheme is designed to:
  • overcome cost barriers and derisk experimental materials-based R&D
  • help pave the way for future collaborations with Royce
What equipment does Royce have?

As the national institute for advanced materials, Royce has an extensive catalogue of equipment including facilities to make, test and characterise materials.

Companies can identify a specific piece of equipment they require or discuss what techniques might work best for a materials-based analysis with our experienced Business Engagement and Research and Facilities Teams.

Browse the Royce Equipment Catalogue.

How to apply:

Companies seeking access should be able to define how Royce facilities could help to address a materials-based analysis required for your business. To apply, companies should complete and submit the application form at the bottom of this page. This is designed to highlight the potential business value of the project and to identify equipment required or the need for a scoping discussion.

The scheme is an open call and runs on a de minimis (European Commission Regulation 1407/2013) basis so your business must be eligible to receive this in order to apply. A de minimus declaration must be completed and uploaded as part of the application.

Upon receipt of your application, technical experts from one of the Royce partners will work with you to develop the experimental project and schedule access to the appropriate equipment. There is a £500 fixed fee payable on acceptance of your application which will enable any project to begin; the remainder of the project costs are covered by the Henry Royce Institute up to a maximum of £10,000.

Projects must be completed by 20 March 2021.

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