The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has put out a call for research proposals around textiles that incorporate electronics.

The call has been launched by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory's Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) and the Materials and Structures Science and Technology Centre.

It is seeking textiles that have the potential to fully encapsulate integrated functionality within the fibres of textile yarns to provide a robust, inexpensive, flexible platform for a host of enhanced capabilities.

"It is vital for the success of MOD's materials and structures technology programme to solicit high quality and innovative studies through CDE in order to provide technical challenge to the core research programme," said Professor Ian Youngs, technical lead for the Materials and Structures Science and Technology Centre.
"Smart materials represent a dynamic field of research and provide many opportunities to integrate added functionality to future military equipment concepts."