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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics

Call for CAPE Acorn Blue Sky Award 2020

CAPE invites engineering postdoctoral researchers, either individually or in a small team, to submit Blue Sky research ideas for a 1-year project on any engineering-related topic.


The award gives the opportunity for early career researchers to undertake a pilot study in a new research area. Proposals should aim to demonstrate the potential to the CAPE Partners of a new technology, or the potential of an existing technology in a radically different application area.


There will be up to two awards of maximum £20,000 to support staff, travel or equipment for postgraduate research.

The winners will present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during a CAPE Event in June 2022.


The proposal should be anonymous to assure fair process, no more than 2 pages of A4, and should be sent to:

Ms Denisa Demko (CAPE Coordinator), CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748343


The deadline for submission is Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE Technology Focus Groups (TFGs), which include representatives from each CAPE Partner company. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic quality, feasibility, adventurousness and long-term relevance to the Partners’ business areas. The final decision will be made by the CAPE Steering Committee, and the winner(s) will be announced by 30 September 2020, ready for a project start in the 2020/21 academic year.