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Blue Sky Award 2021


CAPE invites engineering postdoctoral researchers, either individually or in a small team, to submit Blue Sky research ideas for a 9-month 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. Proposals in research areas now currently covered by the CAPE Partnership or addressing a global issue recognised by the United Nations are particularly encouraged.


There will be up to two awards of maximum £15,000 to support staffing (including asociated nondirect costs), consumables, facilities costs, travel or equipment required to undertake postdoc research project.

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


Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE Technology Focus Groups (TFGs) and CAPE SC, 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 17 December 2021, ready for a project start in January 2022.


The proposal should be submitted by completing the application form  and emailing it to

All Postdocs must have the signed approval of their supervisor before submitting a proposal.


Ms Denisa Demko, CAPE Coordinator, CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA
Tel: +44 (0)1223 748343

The extended closing date for submission is Friday December 3 2021.