Government-funded collaborative research on cyber-security

Lancaster University has been awarded funding from the government-funded Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a £600,000 Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), which is designed to translate academic research into wider social and economic benefit.

Dr Mark Rushforth

Dr Mark Rushforth

Dr Alec Reader, the director of the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network for micro and nanotechnologies helping Lancaster University identify suitable organisations that can benefit from interaction with the researchers in the Department of Physics, ranked 1st in the UK for academic research quality.

Businesses are invited to attend Collaborative Impact events at Lancaster University that will provide an opportunity for businesses to meet with the university’s researchers, develop ideas for proposals and gain advice on how to apply for funding.

The dates and three areas of focus for the next round of funding are:

• Eco-Innovation and Energy – 8th April 2014

• ICT and Cyber Security – 9th April 2014

• Quantum and Related Technologies – 10th April 2014

According to Dr Mark Rushforth, head of business partnerships and enterprise for physical sciences at Lancaster University, the events are intended to provide the opportunity for researchers and industry to interact and influence each other’s research and business plans.

“This process should lead to new ideas for products and services that we hope to be able to invest in, delivering genuine wider economic benefits resulting from high quality academic research taking place at Lancaster University,” said Rushforth.

Dr Alec Reader, Director at the NanoKTN added, “At the NanoKTN we work with UK research bases and UK SMEs to bring them together to collaborate to fill gaps in the supply chain. IAA funding is an excellent opportunity for UK SMEs to collaborate with a world-class university and realise their ambitions for business growth through funded R&D to develop new products, processes and services for UK growth.”

Seed funding of up to £8,000 will be available for academic staff to explore initial ideas with partners and more substantial funding of up to £25,000, to be matched by the partner, is available to develop more fully formed concepts into a commercial proposition.

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