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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.


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


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


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.


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 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.