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Twenty-seven ground-breaking projects are backed by UCL Innovation and Enterprise

Twenty-seven innovative projects at UCL have received funding totalling £264,264 in the third round of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation funding for 2017.

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17 July 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).

Pre-commercialisation projects

The third round of awards - selected by UCL’s Innovation and Enterprise Funding Committee and by senior members of staff - will help eight projects progress towards commercialisation.

These include:

  • A study of the clinical performance of ‘k-Plan’ treatment planning software, which is designed to predict the outcome of therapeutic ultrasound treatments in the brain (Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering)
  • A project to assess the commercial opportunities for Passive Wi Fi sensor technology, which can be used to ‘see through’ walls and has a range of potential security applications (Department of Security and Crime Science)
  • A project designed to motivate children to read via a prototype online learning tool, Digistoryland, developed by the Department for Learning and Leadership at the Institute of Education

Dr Natalia Kucirkova, project lead for the Digistoryland project, said: "This project will allow us to further test and apply personalisation as a design principle, work with schools and gauge the commercial value and interest in an innovative product. The funding will enable us to meet these objectives more quickly and on a bigger scale."

Knowledge exchange projects

Funding was also awarded to 19 new projects designed to achieve impact through knowledge exchange activities. These included:

  • A project to assess the progress of tropical cyclones in real-time in order to help with early humanitarian interventions (Department of Space and Climate Physics)
  • An Institute of Archaeology project to enhance and maximise the impact of interaction between UCL and British Museum staff
  • An Institute of Education initiative to make autism research accessible for teachers
  • A Department of Geography joint learning initiative on the roles of religion and faith in responses to displacement from Syria and the Middle East
  • Improving school children’s literacy by making grammar accessible in the classroom (English Language and Literature)

Twenty four of the projects were funded under the Higher Education Fund for England’s Higher Education Innovation Funding, and the remaining three under the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account funding stream. 

Open Door to UCL Innovation and Enterprise

UCL is full of brilliant new ideas, discoveries and technologies. UCL Innovation and Enterprise is here to help put these to work in the real world.

To do this, and to help encourage a real spirit of enterprise across UCL, we're creating more face-to-face opportunities and improving access to our innovation and enterprise experts. From this October we'll be trying out a new weekly and monthly events programme. At these events we'll be offering drop-in advice and sharing learning and new development opportunities.

We're doing this to:  

  • develop a broader range of appropriate support for staff and students
  • increase ways to learn from each other through peer-to-peer networking and collaboration

To hear about these events, sign-up to our mailing list by emailing enterprise@ucl.ac.uk with ‘autumn events 2017’ in the subject.

If you'd like to talk to us about any ideas you have - including research collaborations, business and enterprise partnerships, entrepreneurship or short courses - please contact us at enterprise@ucl.ac.uk or call us on 020 3108 6210.

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