40 new Government-funded research projects confirmed

The second round of academics for the Innovation Launchpad Network’s Researcher in Residence scheme have been confirmed, with 39 world class projects set to make a huge impact to industry and to the UK’s strategic goals across three themes: Net Zero, Healthcare and Resilience.

The Innovation Launchpad Network+ is a national collaboration, led by the University of Sheffield along with the Universities of Leeds, Strathclyde, Warwick, Bristol and Exeter, and the Catapult Network. There are currently nine Catapults, each established by and working in partnership with Innovate UK.

They support businesses across healthcare, energy, emerging technologies and manufacturing in transforming great ideas into valuable products and services. The network has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The first phase attracted more than 120 enquiries from 30+ different academic institutions across the UK, with all 9 Catapults represented in a fascinating portfolio of applications. The second tranche, was an even bigger success with over 100 Expressions of Interest from more than 50 universities/institutions.

Director of the Innovation Launchpad Network+, Dr Pete Osborne, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our second round of Researchers in Residence and along with the EPSRC and Catapult Network, we’re excited by the potential impact of these projects.

“The multi-disciplinary nature of the proposals shows that the UK academic pool is full of creative and fascinating ideas and we’re glad to be tapping into that and linking them up with the Catapult Network.”

By Mark Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily

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