Software and service package ideal for inclusion in project proposals

Cambridge, UK – August 27, 2015- Granta Design today announced  GRANTA MI:Collaborate, a cloud-hosted software package that makes it easy for multi-partner collaborative projects to develop, manage, and use materials knowledge. This solution is based on Granta’s extensive experience of partnering in projects such as the European Union-funded  AMAZE Additive Manufacturing project, or the  HITEA industry consortium on replacing hazardous coatings in aerospace. Such projects typically require specialist materials property data to be shared between partners, with appropriate access controls, so that partners can aggregate data, analyse it, and benefit from the resulting combined knowledge. It can also be important to ensure value retention after the project by making data and results available to key stakeholders or the public. Such management of intellectual property is increasingly mandated by funding bodies. MI:Collaborate addresses these issues.

MI:Collaborate uses technology from  GRANTA MI™, the leading software for materials information management in engineering enterprises. A supported project is provided with a cloud-hosted version of the GRANTA MI database system and assistance to modify the database structure in order to handle the specifics of its project data (e.g., results from materials testing or material models for use in simulation). Ready-made  database templates for applications such as metals, composites, restricted substances, and additive manufacturing speed this process. Simple web tools allow users to upload, search, and browse data, while robust security ensures users only see data for which they are authorized. As standard, the package supports hosting of data for 10 years after the project—alternative arrangements can be agreed.

This straightforward combination of software and services, together with a cost-effective pricing scheme, means that it is easy to incorporate MI:Collaborate into project proposals being submitted to funding bodies—for example, to national agencies such as the US National Science Foundation, or to transnational programs such as the European Union’s Horizon 2020. Project managers with an interest in including this option in their proposals should contact Granta using the details at

A web seminar, ‘Managing Data for Collaborative Research Projects’, on September 15thwill demonstrate the MI:Collaborate package and provide more details. Register via

“We are already deeply engaged in many successful collaborations and this new package, based on this experience and input from our many project partners, creates a quick and easy-to-specify way for many more projects to benefit from Granta tools,” said Dr James Goddin, Collaborative Programme Manager at Granta Design. “These projects can make more use of key intellectual property and meet the demands of funding bodies for best practice management, retention, and dissemination of this IP.”

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About Granta Design Ltd

Granta are the materials information technology experts.  The company develops market leading software for managing materials and process information in engineering enterprises, and a series of tools for applying that data to key materials and product design decisions.  Granta serves sectors as diverse as aerospace, defense, energy, medical devices, automotive, motorsports, manufacture of consumer and industrial equipment, materials production, and publishing. Customers realize multi-million dollar benefits in reduced cost, enhanced product performance, improved quality, and faster design turnaround.

Granta was founded in 1994 as a spinout from the University of Cambridge and the work of Professors Mike Ashby and David Cebon.  For further information go on line to


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