A joint British and French-sponsored research fund is inviting fresh ideas and proposals with potential applicability in missile systems.

The Materials and Components for Missiles, Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM ITP) programme is open to all Anglo-French companies and academic institutions.

Both previous participants and new organisations, as well as individual and collaborated proposals, are welcome.

All UK and French industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutes and academia can also take part.

This year’s Innovation Call research activities are focused on emerging and low technology readiness level (TRL) technologies and innovations that support the future missile system capabilities.

The latest innovation call is for relatively small-scale, short-duration research activities. The proposals for the programme have to be sent before 6 March.

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The MCM ITP is headed by MBDA and funded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and French defence procurement agency Directorate General of Armaments (DGA).

Launched in 2007, the MCM ITP aims to consolidate the Anglo-French Guided Weapons capability. Up to €13m annually is available for the research projects conducted under the programme, which is split into eight research domains.

MBDA said in a statement: “Research topics relevant to the MCM ITP Technical Domains (as listed above) are welcome, but we are also interested in any potentially ground-breaking, disruptive and innovative ideas and areas of research that could be relevant. These may include areas that are being pursued in other industries and have the potential for direct read-across.”