Ideas for Innovation

Supporting Collaborative Research

META is committed to collaborative research and to supporting and growing the field of metamaterials science. Since 2010, META has partnered in over 20 co-development projects with more than 10 universities and research institutions across seven countries.. Notable collaborations include the UK-funded project announced in July 2021 towards developing a non-invasive glucose monitoring system, and a CA$1.62M Mitacs Accelerate grant for 15 highly qualified personnel, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, in collaboration with Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. META is also a member of the UK Metamaterials Network and the Stanford University SystemX Alliance.

“In the last 20 years there have been incredible new discoveries in the field of metamaterials which is now reaching an inflection point. Through META’s i4i partnership program, we are providing researchers access to our platform technology and our scientists, to accelerate ideas which would traditionally take 10-15 years to move from scientific breakthrough to commercialization. As META scales commercial production of high-performance functional materials at high volumes, the i4i partnership program will support our mid to long term product strategy and expand META’s competitive advantage.”

George Palikaras, President and CEO


Ideas for Innovation is META’s call for proposals. Through a competitive process, META will award the best submissions with grants of up to $150,000 per innovation. It is a 2-phase process. Submissions for phase 1 will be accepted from 00:01 EST o on October 1, 2021, to 23:59 EST on January 15, 2022. If accepted, proposals will be invited for a phase 2 submission. The selection committee will be comprised of renowned scientists, including META’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Key Dates

  • Phase 1 submission deadline: January 15, 2022, 23:59 EST
  • Phase 1 decisions by: February 15, 2022
  • Phase 2 submission deadline: March 15, 2022, 23:59 EST
  • Phase 2 decisions by: April 2022

Research Topics

META is seeking project submissions in the following application areas: Mobility & Communications, Imaging & Display, Energy & Environment, Healthcare, Aerospace & Defense, and Way Beyond Tech (future applications to be defined, such as extreme spatial dispersion, topological metamaterials, time-switched metamaterials, and more). More information about the program is available by email to [email protected].

Application and Program Documents

Ideas for Innovation Proposal Guide – November 2021

Ideas for Innovation – Acceptance Letter – November 2021