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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.

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

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

February 5, 2008

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» Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and FP7 (ICT) Event

TSB: Creative Industries – Application of Digital Technologies, Gathering Data in Complex Environments, and FP7 ICT Calls

Funding Source: Technology Strategy Board (TSB) & FP7

Summary:

The Welsh Assembly Government invites you to a meeting to inform industry and researchers about the current and upcoming calls for the Technology Strategy Board Collaborative Research and Development Funding Programme (formally the DTI Technology Programme). This meeting will allow organisations in Wales to have a much more strategic view of the specific types of projects that the TSB are expecting to see. The aim is to enable you to meet potential partners and generate ideas for submission to these calls. TSB Technology representatives will be available to comment on these. The day will also provide an insight into current and future EC Framework Programme opportunities within the ICT sector.

The agenda is attached here

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the attached attendance pro-forma by Tuesday 26th February and return to: Emma.Hopkins@Wales.gsi.gov.uk

If you would like a 10 minute one-to-one session with Zoe Lock, Sian Brereton or Peter Walters please indicate this on your form. Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Event Date: Friday 29th February 2008

Event Registration deadline: Tuesday 26th February 2008

Funding deadlines:

TSB Creative Industries – Application of Digital Technologies: Closing date 9th May 2008

TSB Gathering Data in Complex Environments: Closing date 4th April 2008

Scheme Link: TSB, FP7