Project Smart T will bring together specialists from France and England to raise awareness of and explore opportunities for the commercialisation of Smart Inks with SMEs, along with applying this innovative Smart Ink technology to develop an anti-infective bandage prototype which will help tackle the threat of drug-resistant superbugs.
The project has a total budget of €5.4m, of which €3.7m is funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme.
Smart T will run for 3 years. The partnership, led by the University of Southampton with four partners from Northern France and two partners from Southern England, will work in collaboration with SMEs to create 100 Smart Inks in the e-Textile market which currently relies on off-the-shelf products. In parallel Smart T will develop a drug-free anti-infective bandage prototype, and first-to-market dynamic fabric mapping products for use by the tourism and outdoor leisure market.
The project will engage with more than 20 SMEs in the Programme zone through events, one-to-one consultations and collaborations to expand their portfolio of innovative products and services.
Technology developed as part of the project can be replicated and adapted in sectors such as fashion, sport, safety ware, advertising and mapmaking.
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