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One day online workshop

1 September 2021


1x 45 minutes individual online session

8-22 September 2021

Proposal Deadline 

1 week after your individual online session 

14-28 September 2021

Selection of funded makers

1 October 2021

Individual and Group meetings 

October -  November 2021

Deadline for completed prototypes 

17 November 2021



Collaboration Information


Welcome to Bio-Inspired Textiles (BIT) maker collaboration. 


Proposal preparation (September 2021)


Thank you for attending the workshop.

If you couldn't attend or would like to re-visit any of the content we have provide recordings below. You can also find links to the miro board which you can go back and get inspiration. 



This talk provided an introduction to Bio-Inspired Textiles. It covers the background, conceptual framework of the research and a quick look at the 'Biological Structural Design Elements' (BSDE).


This talk provided a deep dive into biological examples to explore each of our structures. 


We have collected together all the research papers which we have used to create all the case studies in the talks. We have also included the paper about the BSDE (Biological Structural Design Elements) this research is based on. You can find the links to the left hand side. 


As a reminder below is the recap slide of all the red flags that appear throughout the talks. 

BIT Red Flags


8-22 September 2021 

This will be a chance for you to discuss your proposal and ask questions.

Each session is 45 minutes.  We will send you your individual link via email. 

We have pre-planned the times for these sessions already so please click on the link below to see the timetable.



14-28 September 2021


This short talk goes over everything you need to know about developing and submitting your proposal. 

What you need to include?

  • Design Challenge - the textile context and application of the project

  • Sustainability - How is your project going to explore the three sustainability pillars

  • Methods/Approach - What will you do to explore the above?

  • 6 week plan - Is what your planning realistic?

What format should the proposal be in?

  • ​PDF document 

  • 500 words minimum (short and concise is best)

  • Relevant images can be included

How to submit your proposal?

You can submit your proposal using the online form

The form includes a few additional questions: 

  • Summary Questions - We have asked for a short summary of each of the key elements of the proposal. This can be bullet points or a sentence. 

  • BIT Impact - this question is not part of the proposal itself and will not be used in our assessment, however we will use this for our research. 

  • Tax Check - we have a series of questions that are required for tax checks. If you are not selected to receive a fee, this information will be deleted and will not be kept as part of our records. 

Each maker has one week after their one-to-one session to submit the proposal. 

You can see your personal deadline on the 'one-to-one timetable'. 

Makers will be informed of the BIT Teams decision on or before 1 October 2021


Prototype development (October-November 2021)

Following the completion of Stage one, the BIT team will select a small number of applicants to fund to carry out their proposed projects and create prototypes.

Successful makers will:

  • receive a fixed fee of £1,500 (inc. VAT) to cover materials, time and any other costs related to the project, paid upon receipt of final prototypes. 

  • be supported by the BIT team with a limited number of by-weekly one-to-one and group sessions - October -  November 2021

  • have 6 weeks to develop the final artefacts in their project proposal submitted during Stage one - 1 October 2021 - 17 November 2021

  • be required to assign all intellectual property rights in any work which they create during the project to UAL. A licence will be granted back to applicants for certain purposes, details of which will be set out in UAL Terms and Conditions.


  • you will be expected to access your own facilities to implement the creative work yourself (in its entirety) within a 6 weeks period;

  • you will have full control over the creative process but are expected to record progress using photography and/or film;

  • you will be expected to act as advocates for the BIT research project during active participation and when using the resources after the project completion; and

  • you must create digital and physical copies of each conceptual prototype for BIT that could be exhibited publicly and be used for education and research purposes.


Funding is conditional on the relevant tax review being made by UAL and successful applicants signing up to UAL’s Terms and Conditions.


Stage one applicants whose proposals are not selected to progress to Stage two will be encouraged, if they wish, to continue taking part in the BIT project with the full support of the BIT team, on a voluntary, no fee, flexible basis.

Individuals working on a voluntary basis will be asked to grant a licence of their digital work for UAL to use for educational, research and promotional purposes. They will be asked to sign a short letter agreement with UAL for their role in the BIT project.


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