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November 2, 2010
» External Collaboration – Working with Businesses and Organisations

If you are already collaborating with external organisations in your research you will know about the benefits aswell as the challenges that come from partnership working. To find out more about the pros and cons of this approach and how it could support your research, CSO are running an event at the Conference Centre on the Treforest Campus on 12th November 9.30-12.30. Julie Lydon will be opening the event and we hope that you will take this opportunity to get involved with this fast growing and exciting area of research. To register attendance or requiest further details please email me at  gkt@glam.ac.uk

March 31, 2009

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» ESRC and The Economic Impact of the Third Sector

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in funding partnership with the Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and The Barrow Cadbury Trust, are inviting applications for a Capacity Building Cluster on the Economic Impact of the Third Sector.

In January 2008 the funders launched an initiative to enable the bringing together of a critical mass of research expertise, resources and intellectual leadership to support research of the highest international standing, to provide top quality analysis independent of government, political party or any other vested interest, and provide the necessary evidence base to better understand key Third Sector issues and underpin policy and practice. To date, this initiative has established the Third Sector Research Centre and two associated Capacity Building Clusters.

A third Cluster will complement the other investments by focussing on the Economic Impact of the Third Sector. The core aim of this cluster is to create a new generation of high quality researchers committed to the co-production of knowledge and its application to the Third Sector. The Cluster will receive a four year grant which it is anticipated will cover an indicative portfolio of the following activities:

Three year CASE studentships;
Two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) awards;
Three month placement fellows and/or student internships;
A voucher scheme for their region.

Based on the funding of these activities, the total maximum grant available is £800,000. There will be some flexibility to vary the distribution of this funding across the portfolio of activities.

Applications must be submitted no later than 4pm on Friday 8th May. The application form can only be submitted manually.

For Further Information and guidance please visit the ESRC Society Now website: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/postgraduate/fundingopportunities/CBC2009.aspx

If this is of interest then please reply to this blog and/or contact:

Alun Cox (Commercial Services Office)

ext 2234

agcox@glam.ac.uk

November 3, 2008

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» The Royal Society Enterprise Fund

The Royal Society are launching an Enterprise Fund, an important initiative from the Royal Society aimed at supporting business opportunities based on outstanding technology. The Fund is in effect an early-stage investment fund, capitalised by philanthropic donations to the Society, which will invest in early-stage companies.

All financial returns will be recycled into the fund for reinvestment, creating an ‘evergreen’ but commercially run fund which will grow in size with time, helping future technology-based businesses.

This initiative is designed not only to provide practical help to early-stage companies but also to encourage increased awareness of and support for commercialisation activities within university departments.

The Royal Society has for many years been funding near-commercialisation research through the Brian Mercer award scheme, and the Enterprise Fund is an extension of our active support for innovation.

For further information please talk to Lucas brown in the Commercial Services Office and refer to the website

http://www.royalsociety.org/enterprisefund

October 21, 2008

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» Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Use your knowledge and skills to help private and public organisations to improve competitiveness.

KTPs are funded projects that allow academic staff from all faculties to engage with external organisations. They provide opportunities to: • Identify new research themes • Aid the economic, social and cultural development of the region • Initiate undergraduate and post-graduate projects • Develop business relevant teaching materials • Support recent graduates in early career development • Publish high quality research papers • Help develop lasting partnerships external organisations • Contribute to the RAE assessment and rating of the department.

The staff of the UK’s knowledge base have skills that can be of great value to businesses today. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships provide academics with a rewarding way of developing and exploiting their own expertise by sharing it with industry. In doing so they help industry adopt modern technology and methods to enable them to become more competitive. The projects are 3 way partnerships between an academic, a recent graduate and an external organisation, affording significant benefits to each. There are currently around 1000 KTPs running UK wide. Funding has recently been approved to increase the number to 1,700 – so now is a great time to apply!

The University has a successful track record in running KTPs, with over 100 programmes successfully completed to date. These Case Studies give an idea of some of the benefits. Projects vary in length from 12-36 months and attract funding in the region of £50,000 per annum. Typically a commitment of half a day per week is required. Additional details on the KTP programme can be found at www.ktponline.org.uk.

Businesses of all sizes from a variety of sectors in industry can participate, and projects can be undertaken in a wide range of disciplines. The Knowledge Transfer team within CSO can help source suitable commercial partners, assist with compiling and submitting the bid, and will provide support throughout the project’s duration.

Contact

Richard Mahoney Knowledge Transfer Officer Knowledge Transfer Team, CSO University of Glamorgan rmahone1@glam.ac.uk. Tel/ FFon: +44 (0)1443 482482 Fax / FFacs: +44 (0)1443 485916 http://business.glam.ac.uk/kt/ktp

» A4B Collaborative Industrial Research Grants

ACADEMIC EXPERTISE FOR BUSINESS (A4B)

The Collaborative Industrial Research Project (CIRP) programme aims to encourage and enable groups of companies and academic institutions to carry out collaborative industrial R&D; projects in order to:

• Increase the level of business investment in R&D; in Wales • Develop the research base in Wales by working on important industrial/business problems • More fully exploit the research base in Wales by creating new or improved products, processes and services. Ultimately this will translate into an increase in high value employment. • Stimulate the formation of long-term collaborative relationships between academia and industry to enable the process to become sustainable.

KEY CRITERIA: • Applications must be collaborative projects between the University and Welsh industry with a minimum of 2 enterprises. • Applicants must demonstrate strategic importance to Wales and potential economic impact in terms of new or improved products, processes or services registered or launched. • Applicants must demonstrate a clear project plan, risk analysis and sustainability plan. A work package to complete a final evaluation report of the project must be included within the project plan

A4B will fund up to a maximum of £300,000 of direct, attributable, eligible total project costs incurred by the academic partner(s) for a CIRP. It is expected that projects will typically last up to 36 months.

BENEFITS TO ACADEMICS AND BUSINESSES: • Enable the development of strategically important research in Wales • Relate knowledge, research and teaching to current business problems and developments • Lead rewarding innovative collaborations and develop lasting partnerships with the respective companies • Attract income that can be included in RAE submission

CASE STUDY:

Development of un-fired bricks, blocks and mortars

The key industrial problem that this project is addressing is the high energy costs in the manufacture of building components. This high cost is currently being transfered to consumers, thus indirectly affecting the Welsh building industry and economy. With clay bricks that do not require firing or concrete blocks that do not use the traditional binder – Portland Cement (PC) – for example, not only is the final pricing of the building components going to be lower, but there are also added environmental advantages of utilising industrial waste and/or by-products in the region.

This collaboration has brought together the Faculty of Advanced Technology, construction companies, R&D; Companies and building material companies.

This research focuses on the optimisation of a combination of lime and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) for cementation rather than Portland Cement (PC). GGBS is readily available in the South Wales region. The optimisation will ensure that the strength and durability requirements currently demanded by the building industry will be met. By using significant amounts of the less expensive GGBS (relative to PC), the cost of the ensuing products is likely to be lower than that of the PC-based components. Without firing, the cost of the lime-slag-clay formulations is likely to compete favourably with firing costs.

CONTACT:

Please Contact Alun Cox for assistance or to discuss further:

Alun Cox Knowledge Transfer Officer Commercial Services Office University of Glamorgan agcox@glam.ac.uk Tel/ FFon: +44 (0)1443 482482 Fax / FFacs: +44 (0)1443 485916 http://business.glam.ac.uk

October 14, 2008

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» £72 million funding in innovative research and development

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest a further £72 million in innovative new research and development projects in eight key areas, its Chief Executive, Iain Gray, announced today.

The ten new competitions, in important areas such as photonics, high value manufacturing, intelligent transport systems, network security and energy generation and supply, will be split into three phases, with the first three competitions opening in November.

The purpose of the competitions is to stimulate innovation, with businesses working together and with academic and research institutions on new research and development that will lead to successful new products and services.

The invitation to submit proposals was made at today’s Innovate08 conference and exhibition, held in London. Announcing details of the competitions, the Technology Strategy Board’s Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said: “It is vital that the UK maintains its core expertise in the key technologies which underpin business growth. And it is no less vital to maintain a pipeline of new advances, in order to keep UK businesses at the leading edge. We are confident these competitions will generate proposals for innovative new research and development projects. We look forward to seeing some exciting proposals.”

The technology areas for which submissions are invited are

Phase 1, opening 10 November 2008:

- Photonics: Next Generation Optical Internet Access (1st round)

- Advanced Materials: Sustainable Materials and Products

- Intelligent Transport Systems and Services: Informed Personal Travel

Phase 2, opening 19 January 2009:

- High Value Manufacturing: Step Changes in Competitiveness; Value Systems

- Energy Generation and Supply: Maximising Recovery of UK’s Oil and Gas Resources

- Photonics: Next Generation Optical Internet Access (2nd round)

- Low Impact Buildings: Design and Decision Tools

Phase 3, opening 16 March 2009:

- Creative Industries: Accessing and Commercialising Content in a Digitally Networked World

- Energy Generation and Supply: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies

- Network Security: Interdependency, Complexity and Risk

Download pdf of full press release inculding notes for editors

October 7, 2008

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» IP Opportunities Grant

A new grant is available to help Faculties and academic staff to identify Intellectual Property (IP) opportunities arising from Faculty research projects. A call for expressions of interest is now open with a deadline of the 31st October 2008.

The University has secured an initial £30,000 from the Welsh Assembly’s A4B programme to assess commercial opportunities arising from Faculty research projects which could be protected by a patent. For positive assessments, further development funding of between £50k and £200k may be applied for to prove the concept and develop commercial applications with industry partners. Ultimately this activity is intended to enable Faculties and academics to put their research to good use through licensing or setting up a Spinout company.

Interested academics should email Lucas Brown lobrown@glam.ac.uk with a brief description of the relevant research outputs by the 31st October 2008. More details will be sent and a meeting will then be set up to begin the opportunity assessment process.

The assessment process will be managed by CSO’s Commercialisation Team and work in partnership with the Centre of Enterprise and external commercialisation professionals. The success of this process will rely on applicant’s full participation in the assessment and any subsequent development work. This document outlines the grant application and appraisal process.

Please contact Lucas Brown at CSO on ext 2482 for further information.

January 15, 2008

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» ESRC - Business Engagement Funding

Summary: In line with Government’s aim of developing a knowledge-based economy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have developed a new Business Engagement Strategy. There is funding available for social science researchers to engage with specific business sectors to encourage knowledge transfer and assist business sustainability.

The call aims to: • promote the transfer and exchange of knowledge between social science researchers and business sectors and staff within them • respond to the knowledge needs of business through a range of knowledge exchange mechanisms • expand networks for business sectors into academia and vice-versa • provide business sectors with research-informed evidence to develop and review operational and management practices • enable all parties, including the ESRC, to develop their understanding of the interaction between research and the development of operational and management practices within business sectors • contribute to the delivery of the Government’s Science and Innovation Investment Framework.

Sum: Up to £100K per application.

Funder link: ESRC

Scheme link: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/current_funding_opportunities/bus_engage.aspx?ComponentId=19830&SourcePageId;=5964

Deadline: 4th February 2008

If you are interested then please contact Richard Mahoney (4538) in the Commercial Services Office.

December 13, 2007

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» Technology Strategy Board - Seminar QED, Treforest 20th Dec

Technology Strategy Board

Autumn Call 2007 – Seminar 20th Dec 07 QED, Treforest

This event will cover;

  • TSB Phase one (Materials for Energy) Closing date 14th February 2008
  • TSB Phase two (Low Carbon Generation) Closing date 27th March 2008

and European Framework 7 call FP7-ENERGY-2008-1 Closing date 26th February 2008

Location is at QED Trefforest Start: 10am

In conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government the Welsh Energy Research Centre invites you to a meeting to inform industry and researchers about the current and upcoming calls for the Technology Strategy Board (formally the Dti Technology Programme). The aim is to meet potential partners and to generate ideas for submission to the call. The European FP7 research agenda for 2008 will also be discussed.

PLACES ARE LIMITED, REGISTER ONLINE AT www.welshenergy.org

Materials for Energy

The meeting will;

Give a detailed briefing on the call Answer questions from potential applicants Provide an opportunity to meet potential partners The areas to be covered by this call are;

Energy generation – including fossil fuel, nuclear and renewables [wind, wave/tidal, solar, fuel cells, biomass]. Energy transmission and distribution – including electrical and liquid gas. Energy storage. Energy conservation – with a focus on improved insulation materials in the built environment. Further details can be found on the TSB data sheet

Indicated amount of funding available for the Call;

12 Million pounds Key dates are;

Competition opens: 8 November 2007 First Review deadline (optional) 30 November 2007 Feedback provided by 10 December 2007 Feedback discussion in week beginning 10 December 2007 Applicants' Briefing (Optional) 19 December 2007 Second Review and Registration of Intent to submit deadline (mandatory) 11 January 2008 Feedback provided by 21 January 2008 Feedback discussion in week beginning 21 January 2008 Applicants' Briefing (Mandatory) 30 January 2008 Deadline for receipt of full applications 14 February 2008 Decision and feedback to applicants: 3 April 2008 Low Carbon Energy Technologies

More information will be given when available

Key dates;

Call opens 19th December

Closing date 27th March 2008

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

The formation of an advisory board to guide the Government's Technology Strategy was recommended in the 2003 DTI Innovation Report, and the Technology Strategy Board was established in October 2004. Its purpose was to advise the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on business research, technology and innovation priorities for the UK, the allocation of funding across priorities and the most appropriate ways to support them.

In 2006, plans were announced for the Technology Strategy Board to be given a wider remit and to operate at arm's length from Government as an NDPB. This new body was established on 1 July 2007.

The vision: for the UK to be seen as a global leader in innovation and a magnet for technology-intensive companies, where new technology is applied rapidly and effectively to create wealth.

Agenda

10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:30 Welcome and Introduction – Kevin Mowbray (Welsh Energy Research Centre) and Lisa Wheatley (Welsh Assembly Government)

10:40 An introduction to the TSB – Alan Hooper/Filomena La Porta

10:50 Materials for Energy - Alan Hooper, TSB

Details of the technical aspects of the call.
Pointers for the submission of successful applications.

11:20 Low Carbon Energy Technologies - Filomena La Porta, TSB

Details of the technical aspects of the call.
Pointers for the submission of successful applications.

11:50 Group Discussion - potential projects/partnerships

12:30 Lunch and networking

13:30 FP7

14:10 Welsh Assembly Government Support - Lisa Wheatley (WAG)

14:20 Close