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Khalifa University Presents Newly-Launched RIC-2D Research and Innovation Fund at Advanced Materials Show in UK

June 30, 2022

Call for Proposals Open to Global Research and Innovation Community for Near and Long-Term Technology Commercialization Projects  


Khalifa University of Science and Technology today announced it is presenting the newly-launched Research and Innovation Center for Graphene and 2D Materials (RIC-2D) ‘Research and Innovation Fund’ at the Advanced Materials Show at the National Exhibition Show in Birmingham, UK.


The Advanced Materials Show will take place from 29-30 June 2022, and Khalifa University will be offering details on the RIC-2D Research and Innovation Fund to visitors and academic researchers. The Fund aims to foster research, development, demonstration and deployment of novel technologies derived from graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials, particularly targeting areas of strategic importance to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. 


Open to the global research and innovation community, the RIC-2D Research and Innovation Fund is an open, worldwide, two-stage call for proposals to fund projects that offer the highest potential for near and long-term technology commercialization opportunities related to graphene and other 2D materials. Awards will be made for up to 36-months duration, with a maximum annual value of US$2 million. 


The 2022 Call for Proposals aims to identify technologies with a line-of-sight to commercialization as well as to build a pipeline of research that will lay a foundation for future 2D material innovations. Proposals are invited across the technology readiness level (TRL) spectrum in the areas of lighter-weight or otherwise functionally enhanced materials, water and energy. Other application topics will also be considered when innovation, and hence clear commercial potential, are apparent. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 20 July, after which entries will be shortlisted for full proposal submission by 26 October. Final awards will be announced on 11 December 2022.


Dr. Steve Griffiths, Senior Vice-President, Research and Development, Khalifa University, said: “The RIC-2D Research and Innovation Fund aims to stimulate research and innovation in graphene and other 2D materials with the intended outcomes being scientific, economic and societal value creation for Abu Dhabi and the broader UAE. The commercial impact of 2D materials will become apparent in the coming decade and RIC-2D is intended to place the UAE at the forefront of the opportunities that arise.” 


Graphene is already making an impact in a number of consumer and industrial products. It has great potential for additional applications that include anti-corrosion coatings and paints, sensors, faster and more efficient electronics, flexible displays, solar energy, and drug delivery. 


Hosted by Khalifa University, RIC-2D is part of a strategic investment by the Abu Dhabi Government to advance the scientific development and commercial deployment of technologies derived from graphene and other 2D materials. RIC-2D serves as an integral part of an advanced materials innovation ecosystem being developed in Abu Dhabi.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
30 June 2022