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The Henry Royce Institute is the UK's national institute for materials science research and innovation. Cambridge Royce focuses on Materials for Energy-Efficient ICT. We are primarily interested in materials applications for three research areas:

Energy Generation: new materials that are able to power autonomous devices by harnessing energy from the environment.

Energy Storage: significant improvements in the energy density, longevity, cost and compatibility of the various energy storage technologies required to power the next generation of ICT devices.

Energy Use: radical approaches to reduce power consumption in processing and memory, towards the theoretical limits that are many orders of magnitude below current silicon-based technology, and making devices more lightweight.

The Cambridge Royce has fifteen advanced materials characterisation tools that are available for use by academic and industrial researchers. Please contact Dr Andrew Dobrzanski at royce@maxwell.cam.ac.uk for more information on the Royce facilities. 

We also sponsor five places University of Cambridge researchers (including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers working in advanced materials) on the Cambridge Impulse Programme for technology entrepreneurs. For more information and to apply see our 2022 Impulse page.

 

***Current Funding Opportunities for 2022-23***

There are currently several funding opportunities open for Students, Researchers and SME's to access Royce Institute supported equipment at Cambridge University.

Please note that similar schemes are available at the other Royce Institute Partners: Imperial Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield. For more information on Royce Institute funding please visit the UK Funding Page and the Access Scheme Overview Page.

Student and Researcher Access Scheme - Internal to Cambridge University

Students, Post-Doc researchers and Academics internal to Cambridge University are invited to apply for funding up to £5k to access Royce Institute supported equipment at Cambridge University for short projects that must be complete by the 31st of March 2023. Proposals may be submitted to royce@maxwell.cam.ac.uk using the Internal Access Funding Form until the 31st of August 2022 with successful applicants informed the first week of September.

Student and Researcher Access Scheme - External to Cambridge University

Students, Post-Doc researchers and Academics external to Cambridge University are invited to apply for funding up to £5k to access Royce Institute supported equipment at Cambridge University for short projects that must be complete by the 31st of March 2023. Proposals may be submitted to royce@maxwell.cam.ac.uk using the External Access Funding Form and will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis.

SME Access Scheme

SMEs are invited to apply for funding up to £10k in commercial costs to access Royce Institute supported equipment at Cambridge University for projects that must be complete by the 31st of March 2023. Proposals may be submitted to royce@maxwell.cam.ac.uk using the SME Access Funding Form and will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis. Previous SME projects have been very successful and have led to not only new industry-academic collaborations, but have also allowed SMEs to develop their devices and go back out to investors to raise capital to expand their businesses and create jobs.

 

ICP/MCAP Funding - Deadlines 26th September/3rd October

Royce Industrial Collaboration (ICP) Programme 2022 - https://www.royce.ac.uk/industrial-collaboration-programme/

Funding up to £250,000 for collaborative, business-led RD&I projects using Royce facilities. Application Deadline: 5pm, 26th September

Royce Materials Challenge Accelerator Programme (MCAP) 2022 - https://www.royce.ac.uk/materials-challenge-accelerator-programme/

Funding up to £100,000 for projects focused on key areas identified by the Royce Roadmaps. Application Deadline: 5pm, 3rd October

Please do get in contact if you have any questions or would like any further information.

 

Royce @Cambridge BioSuite

**Please Note: we also have a (currently unlisted) suite of equipment for biological purposes. This suite includes: a freeze dryer; cell box with CO2 incubator; laminar flow hood (MSC); refrigerated centrifuge with pipette sets and waterbath; fluorescence microscope; various electrical acquisition equipment - including Potentiostat for electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and accessories for 3D in vitro electrical monitoring; a Quantum Design Electrical probe station for ultra-low power (currents of < 1pA and voltage of <100mV) measurements; Ultima 2photon laser scanning microscope (Coherent laser), with integrated patch clamp and manipulators for MEA (multielectrode array) electrophysiology recordings; Optec laser systems laser microfabrication suite (LaFab) for rapid prototyping of 3D bioelectronic devices at multiple length scales.

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