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Science and engineering impact accelerates with thirty one new EPSRC awards

9 April 2018

The University’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) has made 31 competitive awards in just under a year, comprising one networking, two early career kickstarters, nine Knowledge Transfer Secondments, thirteen exploratories and six commercialisation projects.

Of the awards made to date, £2.4M has already been leveraged from external partners.

Early Career Researcher Kickstarters

One award is using power efficient adaptive coding schemes for space communication system with the University of Mississippi. Another project is investigating the industrial application of a modular beam for performance improvements in unmanned aircraft with SME, Trokili Ltd.

Knowledge Transfer Secondments

Nine secondments have been awarded and most involve both University researchers working in industry and business staff spending time with University research groups.

One project is working with the diamond industry and the secondee has already been offered an internship with a US certifier of diamonds.

Another IAA secondee working on resilient, wear-proof films for sustained maintenance of an anti-infective environments with Pertinax Pharma Ltd is going on to take up a prestigious Vice-Chancellors Fellowship.

“The projects supported through the University’s EPSRC IAA show the many ways that researchers can work with business to develop both fundamental and applied research,” said Andrew Wray, Knowledge Exchange Development Manager.

The University’s IAA is distributed through an internal competition and panel review every ten weeks managed by the Research and Enterprise Development Division (RED).

Further information

If you are a science or engineering researcher at Bristol with an idea or project that would benefit from an Early Career Researcher Kickstarter or secondment or other collaboration, please get in touch with Michael Reilly or Lucy Stephens.

The full list of IAA projects is available on the University's EPSRC IAA webpages.

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