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Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s new funding programme for research and innovation, replaces Framework Programme 7 as part of the drive to create new growth and jobs Europe. It will run from 2014 to 2020 with a proposed budget of €70.2bn, and will provide EU innovation funding for companies of all sizes, universities, charities and other institutions, through a series of competitions.
More information for UK companies wishing to access Horizon 2020 funding will be available on the Technology Strategy Board website in December.
|Go to the Technology Strategy Board website||07/11/13|
In the first of a series of guest postings on the UWE Bristol, Research, Business and Innovation blog, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Iain Gray, focuses on the importance of ‘connectivity’ to business and research. He highlights IBST as a great example of how cross-sector collaborations can foster innovation and take an industry forward.
|Go to the Research, Business and Innovation blog||07/11/13|
Academic Health Science Networks have been recently set up across England by the Government to create new opportunities for companies to engage with the NHS to exploit innovation for the benefit of patient. IBST is working with the West of England AHSN to help to identify innovative companies in the area producing medical devices and technologies that could benefit by working with the AHSN.
|Find out more about the West of England AHSN||07/11/13|
Future of Digital Health and the Role of Sensors - slides available
Presentation slides are now available from the hugely successful Future of Digital Health and the Role of Sensors event run on 30th October 2013 in Bristol in collaboration with the ESP KTN.
|View event summary and presentation slides||07/11/13|
Competition opens: Friday 1 November
Competition closes: Friday 29 November
Following on from the success of previous competitions, the Microelectronics iNet is pleased to announce its Autumn competition dates.
This competition is being run to support the innovative use of microelectronics technology in new products and services.
|Find out more about the Microelectronics iNet Autumn Funding Competition||06/11/13|
A new Agri-Tech Catalyst announced this month will provide a boost for businesses and researchers, helping them to develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agricultural technology (‘agri-tech’) sector.
Agricultural technology is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, driven by population growth, climate change and shortages of land, water and energy. And with agri-tech already a well-established sector in this country, the UK is well placed to make the most of the opportunities.
With some £70m of government funding, the Catalyst, set up by the Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, will help to commercialise UK agricultural innovation as part of the government’s Agri-Tech strategy. It offers funding for collaborative projects, taking innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to provide an economic boost to the UK agri-tech industry.
Funding for the Agri-Tech Catalyst also includes an element specifically targeted at contributing to international development.
|Find out more||06/11/13|
What do you think represents a 'glimpse of the future'? Until mid November a TSB-supported project aims to capture the imagination of the design and technology communities.
The best images will be showcased on the digital canvas within 24 hours of uploading; and if your shot is good enough you’ll be in with a chance of winning a Design Museum prize.
To take part, simply submit your ‘glimpse of the future’ images by adding #futureishere to any Instagram, Twitter or Flickr photo.
Join the Twitter chat #futureishere.
|Find out more||01/11/13|
UWE Bristol Graduate School is offering a fully funded NERC CASE PhD studentship with an industrial placement and enhanced stipend, researching 'The development of fluorescence sensing for monitoring microbial processes of freshwater systems'.
Closing date for applications is 11:00, Monday 2 December 2013.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to make a key contribution to further the understanding of how fundamental biogeochemical processes that occur in freshwater systems relate to observed optical properties. In particular, focus will be on improving our understanding of how the fluorescent properties of dissolved organic matter in freshwater systems relate to important microbial processes.
In this studentship, the successful candidate will help inform the design, fabrication, validation and testing of a fluorescence sensor in partnership with Chelsea Technologies Group (the industrial partner).
This studentship is truly interdisciplinary and will draw on methods and approaches from engineering and the physical and life sciences. It will build on previous research undertaken by the supervisors using fluorescence techniques for monitoring aquatic systems and involve close working collaborations with Chelsea Technologies Group.
Successful candidates will spend 9 months working with the industrial partner in their commercial environment (3 x three month periods). During these placements an additional £1,000 per month will be provided to off-set incurred living and travel costs.
|Find out more about the scholarship.||01/11/13|
Let's talk science!
Could you explain your research or a science/ engineering concept to non-scientists engagingly, in three minutes, using just the props you can carry on stage with you? Then FameLab wants to hear from you!
FameLab UK heats have begun. The dates of the heats and final organised by the University of Cardiff are below; details of other heats can be found on the FameLab website. Register to enter here. Each heat location also offers free training and information sessions with top STEMM communicators.
FameLab has become arguably the world’s leading science & engineering communication competition, and is designed to help people communicate science and engineering to a wider audience, whether in schools, at public events or through the media.
- Heat 1, The Gate Arts and Community Centre, Cardiff, Tue 5 November 2013, 6-7.30pm, please arrive by 5.30pm.
- Heat 2, The Gate Arts and Community Centre, Thu 21 November 2013, 7.00-9.00pm, please arrive by 6.30pm.
- Final, Techniquest, Cardiff, 28 November 2013, 7pm, please arrive by 6pm.
The winner of the heats will get the chance to take part in a weekend MasterClass with experts in media and communication skills, before vying for the title of FameLab UK champion at the National Final at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on the 23 April 2014, where they will have the chance to take home £1,750 to further their career.
|Find out more about FameLab||30/10/13|
The University of the West of England Graduate School is offering a funded full-time PhD studentship in 3D computer vision, in the Centre for Machine Vision (CMV) within the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the Faculty of Environment and Technology.
Closing date for applications is 11:00, Friday 1 November 2013.
|Find out more about the scholarship.||23/10/13|
As the Research Councils UK (RCUK) move towards releasing the final live Gateway to Research at the end of this year, don't forget to provide feedback on the current ‘beta’ version to help improve and develop the final live system.
Gateway to Research is a new web-based portal that gives the public better access to information about research funded by the UK Research Councils. It aims to provide a mechanism for businesses and other interested parties to identify potential partners in universities to develop and commercialise knowledge, and maximise the impact of publicly funded research.
The beta Gateway to Research contains information such as who, what and where the Research Councils fund, as well as details about the outcomes, outputs and impact held on RCUK’s Research Outcomes System (ROS) and ResearchFish.
Professor David Delpy, RCUK Impact Champion, said: “The beta version of Gateway to Research has gone through robust technical testing and is close in look, feel and function to how we envisage the final product, which will launch at the end of 2013. However, it is important that we ensure the data it delivers and its functionality meets the needs of its users.
“We are therefore calling on people to use and interrogate the beta site and provide feedback to RCUK on their experience to inform the development of Gateway to Research over the next year. We would also like to encourage third parties to investigate innovative ways that the data can be used and shared to take it to a broader audience.”
|Find out more about the Gateway to Research, or please email firstname.lastname@example.org||17/10/13|
Funding will be awarded in a new round of competitions under the SBRI programme to develop innovative solutions towards better health outcomes.
SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced it will distribute £5 million of government investment to support small business this year.
The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) healthcare competitions provide seed funding for the development of novel solutions to major healthcare challenges. In this new round of competitions, SBRI Healthcare will be looking for companies specifically focused on driving towards better health outcomes for patients across seven categories; Cancer, Cardiovascular, COPD, Diabetes, Mental Health/Dementia, Patient Safety and Research Tools.
The Prime Minister’s UK Strategy for Health Innovation and Life Sciences – Innovation, Health and Wealth* (IHW) – set the approach for innovation in the reformed NHS, making a commitment to double investment in the SBRI programme to address healthcare challenges, encourage greater competition in procurement of services and drive growth in the UK Small and Medium size Enterprises (SME) sector.
Investing £17.6 million to date in support of 66 SMEs, the further £5 million in funding is recognition of the value small businesses bring to the NHS to help them deliver new technologies to patients and for these to be adopted widely across the NHS.
West of England AHSN and South West-Innovations will be leading on the patient safety programme.
The competition is open to single companies or organisations from the private, public and third sectors who will ultimately be capable of supplying the NHS with the resulting product or service on a commercial basis. The competition will run in two phases:
- Phase 1 is intended to show the technical feasibility of the proposed concept. The development contracts placed will be for a maximum of 6 months and up to £100,000 (inc. VAT) per project
- Phase 2 contracts are intended to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units from the more promising technologies in Phase 1. Only those projects that have completed Phase 1 successfully will be eligible for Phase 2.
Developments will be 100% funded and suppliers for each project will be selected by an open competition process and retain the intellectual property rights (IPR) generated from the project, with certain rights of use retained by the NHS.
- Competition launch: 16th September 2013
- Briefing events: 24th and 30th September, 2nd October 2013
- Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 31st October 2013
- Assessment: November 2013
- Contracts awarded: February 2014
For more information on this competition, visit: www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk
For any enquiries e-mail: email@example.com
For more information about the SBRI programme, visit: www.innovateuk.org/SBRI
|West of England AHSN contact: firstname.lastname@example.org||17/10/13|
Sensing in Water 2013 Success
September was a key month in the Water Sensing calendar as it included the biennial SWIG conference and exhibition ‘Sensing in Water 2013’.
The conference included some fascinating insights into the current state-of-play of sensor technology and implementation within the water industry. Over the two days, a total of 4 themed sessions were held, based on topics requested, covering the themes of Water Distribution Monitoring, Real Time and Decision Support, Wastewater Network Monitoring and New ideas in water sensing.
Professor Darren Reynolds of the University of West of England chaired the session on the theme of new ideas in water sensing, stressing that the innovative ideas developed within Universities and Institutes soon evolve to real solutions to the Water Industry. The main theme covered the issue of funding to move innovative ideas to commercial products. Although not always easy, it was recognised that there are real opportunities out there for industry to work with academia with funding vehicles such as those offered by the Technology Strategy Board, and by the European Union in the form of HORIZON 2020.
|A full conference report is available to view on the SWIG website.||17/10/13|
Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG), IBST and Bristol University have been awarded a prestigious CASE award by NERC
An interdisciplinary collaborative team comprising Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG), IBST and Bristol University has been awarded a prestigious CASE award by NERC. The award will fund a PhD studentship over 3 years. The project entitled 'The development of a fluorescence sensor for monitoring microbial processes of freshwater systems' will address the urgent need for real-time-in-situ monitoring of the microbial health and status of freshwater systems (surface and ground). One example of need is that even within the UK, the increase in the frequency and intensity of rainfall is beginning to overstretch the capacity of existing infrastructure and sewage pollution in the country’s rivers and potentially in potable drinking water supplies is becoming a significant problem.
|More about this prestigious CASE award story||01/08/13|
Sniffing out Bladder Cancer – new diagnostic test
Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), the University of Liverpool and the Bristol Urological Institute have developed a device using sensor technology that may help diagnose patients with early signs of bladder cancer. The Odoreader® smells urine and detects differences in the odour from people who have bladder cancer.
The researchers have been working on Odoreader® for the past four years. The device contains a sensor which responds to chemicals in gas emitted from urine. Odoreader® analyses this gas and produces a 'profile' of the chemicals in urine that can be read by scientists to diagnose the presence of cancer cells in the bladder. The research team is also using Odoreader® to determine differences in odours from the urine of men with prostate cancer. There are currently no reliable biomarkers to screen patients for bladder cancer in the same way that there are for breast and cervical cancers.
|See UWE press release||01/08/13|
The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology and UWE bring together world leading experts in bio-sensing technology in Spain
The 3rd International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology 2013 held in Sitges, Spain on 12-15 May was an outstanding success. Joseph Wang, Distinguished Professor of University California delivered the 2013 Bio-Sensing Technology Lecture to an audience of world-leading academics and companies who clearly recognised the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology and UWE as key international players in the specialised field of biosensors.
|Find out more about the 2013 Bio-Sensinng conference||07/06/13|
UWE professor named as 'outstanding innovator' for work on food safety
The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded a prestigious Engineering Enterprise Fellowship to Professor Janice Kiely from UWE Bristol. It is one of five awards that the Academy has just made to outstanding innovators at UK universities.
Professor Kiely won the accolade for her work in developing bio-sensing systems for rapid, automated detection of food contaminations such as salmonella, e. coli and listeria, which are harmful to human health. This is at the interface of engineering and biochemistry and results from a long standing collaboration with Professor Richard Luxton.
|More about the story||07/06/13|
Centre for Alternative Testing and In-vitro Monitoring- Appointment of the Director
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Bret Dash as the Director of the Centre for Alternative Testing and In-vitro Monitoring (CATIM), based at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus, Bristol. CATIM, an ERDF funded Business Technology Centre for the South West, is dedicated to the development of technologies for monitoring cells and cell systems. It will offer state of the art testing facilities and expertise for businesses, supporting the development and evaluation of the bio-compatibility and the biological potency of new products.
Bret is a bioscience professional with 16 years of experience in the field of technology commercialisation. He has worked with global corporations and venture capital funded start-ups in the US and Europe as commercial lead on multi-disciplined teams to develop, market, sell and support leading-edge technologies for the genomic research, drug discovery and clinical research markets.
|For more information about Centre for Alternative Testing and In-Vitro Monitoring here.||22/02/13|