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November 3, 2008

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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 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 11, 2008

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» Title: FP7 – Calls for Proposals – Research for benefit of SME’s

Funding Source: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Summary: Strengthening the innovation capacity of European SMEs and their contribution to the development of new technology based products and markets by helping them outsource research, increase their research efforts, extend their networks, better exploit research results and acquire technological know how, bridging the gap between research and innovation.

Call Identifier: FP7-SME-2008-1

This call is open to all research fields for the benefit of particular groups (in particular SME’s).

• At least 3 participants must be independent SMEs established in at least 3 MS or AC.

• At least 2 participants must be RTD performers (having the capacity to carry out research at the request of SMEs), independent from any other participant.

The size of the consortium should typically be between 5 and 10 participants. The overall budget of the project should typically be between EUR 500 000 to EUR 1 500 000 and the duration of the project should normally be between 1 and 2 years.

Sum: EUR 92.72m

Deadline: 11 April 2008

Funder Link: CORDIS

Scheme Link: CORDIS – Find a Call

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.

January 9, 2008

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» Title: FP7 – Calls for Proposals – Research Potential

Funding Source: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Call Identifier: FP7-REGPOT-2008-1

This call is for any research topic covered by the EC FP7 and aims to stimulate the realisation of the full research potential of the enlarged Union by unlocking and developing existing or emerging research potential in the European Union’s convergence regions and outermost regions1, and helping to strengthen the capacities of their researchers to successfully participate in research activities at EU level.

Restrictions: Only public or private research entity (as a single proposer) in the EU Convergence region and Outermost regions are allowed to participate.

Sum: EUR 29m

Deadline: 14 March 2008


Call Identifier: FP7-REGPOT-2008-2

This call is for any research topic covered by the EC FP7 and aims to provide evaluation facilities through which any research entity in the qualifying regions, whether or not applying for funding under the above call, can obtain an international independent expert evaluation of the level of their overall research quality and capability (including management and research infrastructures) and define an Action Plan to improve their research capacities.

Restrictions: Only public or private research entity (as a single proposer) in the EU Convergence region and Outermost regions are allowed to participate.

Sum: EUR 1m

Deadline: 14 March 2008

For more information, please see the individual call fiche and work programme.

Funder Link: CORDIS

Scheme Link: CORDIS – Find a Call

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European Office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.