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ANSIN - Advanced Materials Awards
Expressions of Interest

Queen’s University Belfast hosts a state-of-the art centre for advanced materials development – ANSIN ( Launched in 2010 in partnership with Seagate Technology (Ireland), ANSIN has a pilot line for thin film device development in addition to a full suite of facilities for analysis, metrology, and materials development.

ANSIN is working to stimulate collaboration with new industrial partners, and has allocated around £30k to BlueSkyNano


Do you have an idea based on advanced materials but …

  • Need access to advanced materials science facilities to manufacture (e.g. thin film coating, sputtering, nanomaterials expertise)? 
  • Have development issues with a new product? (e.g. metrology, measurement, failure analysis, validity assessment)

If so, BlueSkyNano ANSIN could be the way to develop your product and open the door to collaboration with a leading University, ANSIN and its partners including the expertise of Seagate Technology.


The Awards

BlueSkyNano ANSIN is an award scheme run in partnership with the NanoKTN and is open to industry for new product development of advanced materials. The application process has been kept simple but projects will be judged on the technical need, future commercial potential and match with the ANSIN aims. We anticipate making 3-5 awards of 5-10 days access duration.

Awards will be in the form of ‘Vouchers’ for work to be carried out at ANSIN, hence recipient companies will be awarded an allocation of time and facility access.

Selection Guidelines

Applications are invited from companies and will be judged according to:

  • Level of innovation in the technology or product
  • Market potential
  • Match with ANSIN expertise and objectives
  • Level of impact the award will achieve

How to Apply

To apply, download and complete the Expression of Interest below:

Word Version

Call Opens: 21st June 2011
Call Closes: 31st August 2011

For a list of ANSIN facilities and expertise see:
To discuss further,  please contact Professor Robert Bowman, ANSIN, Queen's University Belfast at

Contact Information

Centre for Nanostructured Media (CNM)
International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (IRCEP)
School of Mathematics and Physics
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: 028 9097 3572
Fax: 028 9097 3110

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