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Innovative UCL projects given boost with new tranche of funding

27 April 2017

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Thirteen novel projects at UCL have received support totaling £206,616 in the second round of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Funding for 2017.

This funding stream is designed to stimulate innovation across UCL by supporting impact and knowledge exchange activities aligned with the core themes of UCL’s strategy (UCL 2034).

The second round of awards - selected by UCL’s Innovation and Enterprise Funding Committee and by senior members of staff, and supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England under its Higher Education Innovation Funding - will help seven projects progress on the road towards commercialisation.

These include:

  • A project to use 3D printing technology for the development of patient-specific tissue-mimicking models (Dr Daniil Nikitichev and Dr Tom Vercauteren, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering - £29, 997).
  • A project to commercialise 2D materials (Dr Chris Howard and Prof. Neal Skipper, Department of Physics and Astronomy - £27,035).
  • A project to use a low-test telecoms laser to advance the commercialisation of a new medical photoacoustic imaging technology (Prof Paul Beard, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering - £29,874).
  • A project identifying novel therapies for the treatment of mesothelioma (Dr Alan Holmes, Translational Research Office - £14,500)
  • A project to commercialise a suite of software to designed to analyse students’ use of Educational Technologies products (Prof Rose Luckin, UCL Institute of Education - £14,900).
  • A ‘Membrane Reactor Commercialisation Study (Asterios Gavriilidis, Chemical Engineering - £15,100).
  • A project to prototyping an optical accelerometer (Prof Peter Barker, Physics and Astronomy - £4,500)

Six other funded projects are dedicated to Knowledge Exchange in various forms.

  • Dr Catherine Carroll (UCL, Institute of Education) was awarded £14,927 for the project ‘Promoting the Achievement of Students in Care – Post-16 (PASC-P16).’
  • Dr Michael Sulu (Biochemical Engineering) was awarded £14,919 for the project ‘Bioprocessing for Biopharmaceutical Production – Establishing Theoretical and Practical Education for Mexican Stakeholders as a Regional Hub.’
  • Dr Amanda Ince (UCL Institute of Education, Learning and Leadership) received £6,362 for the project ‘Excellence in Early Years through knowledge exchange to develop a research engaged learning community’.
  • Dr Gemma Moore (UCL Culture, Public Engagement Unit) received £14,833 for the project ‘Building capacity for evaluation: connecting the “know how” to the “how to”’.
  • Dr Chris Brown (UCL Institute of Education, Learning and Leadership) has been awarded £14,346 of HEIF Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Funding for the project ‘Using the Research Learning Communities approach to develop and improve relationships amongst Catholic and Protestant pupils in Shared Education partnerships in Northern Ireland’.
  • Colby Benari (UCL SLMS Academic Careers Office) has been awarded £5,300 of HEIF Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Funding for the project ‘Ignite: A Medical Innovation Summit’.

Funding proposals are currently being invited for the next round of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Funding.
Deadline for submissions is Monday May 15th.