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Welcome to the Emerging Technologies Competition application portal.

Please sign up for an account on the right-hand side of this screen to begin your application.

Before you start we strongly recommend you read the Rules of Contest which contain important information about all aspects of the competition.

About the application form
The application form will take approximately 40-60 minutes to complete. Once you’ve signed up for an account, you will be able to view the entire application form. You can save your application at any time and complete it at a later date.

The online submission will be scored in three aspects:
  • the scientific feasibility of your technology
  • the market opportunities and potential impact of your technology
  • your approach to commercialisation
The stage of development of your technology will be taken into account in order to make a fair assessment of your application.

All applications must be in English.
The competition closes 2 July 2018

Eligibility criteria
  • The Emerging Technologies Competition welcomes applications from universities and small companies. Eligible small companies must have: been incorporated and registered for at least three months (by the closing date of the competition); have a UK or European Union bank account in the company’s name; have less than 20 employees and an annual turnover of less than £2 million.
  • The technologies/ideas submitted must have a strong chemistry component and must be relevant to one of the four competition categories.
  • You must be based in one of the EU Member States or Switzerland, Norway or Iceland.

Short-listed entrants

You will be informed of the outcome of your application in the week commencing 27 August 2018. Forty technologies will be shortlisted; if your application is shortlisted you will present your technology at the final of the competition, taking place at Chemistry Means Business - 15 October 2018. Please note that if your technology is shortlisted, you will be required to attend this event.

Intellectual property

It is your responsibility to protect your technology adequately before applying to the competition. Applying to the competition counts as a public disclosure of your idea. Failure to protect it adequately now may affect your ability to protect it in the future.

Before applying, please ensure you are satisfied with the level of protection for any idea or material included in the application and seek your own legal advice if necessary. We advise university groups to contact their technology transfer office if they require guidance. You can read more about intellectual property protection in our Rules of Contest.

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