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£75,000 awarded to SciTech researchers

Nearly £75,000 has been awarded to SciTech researchers to enable them to engage with external partners and accelerate the impact of their activities following the first pilot call of the Impact Acceleration Account.

Dr Chris Edwards: School of Computing and Communications - Awarded £5,000

Chris will work with BMCE Networks in developing a robust, cost effective wireless communications link technology that could provide low cost communications in rural third world locations.

Dr Xiandong Ma: Engineering - Awarded £4,957

Xiandong will work with TNEI Services Ltd in developing a smart DC nano-grid with less power losses by efficient integration of micro renewable energy generators and load management

Dr Xiandong Ma: Engineering - Awarded £4,947

Xiandong will also work with Wind Prospect Ltd to develop and refine advanced data mining techniques for early warning of the incipient failures for the turbines.

Dr Lynne Blair and Bran Knowles: School of Computing and Communications & HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training - Awarded £5,000

Lynne and Bran will work with Common Cause in creating a policy report around sustainable computing in order to ensure the future research agenda of this topic has the desired environmental impact.

Professor Kirk Semple: Lancaster Environment Centre - Awarded £5,000

Kirk will work with AD ENERG Ltd to assess the viability of using micro-anaerobic digestion technology to enable safe waste disposal and the generation of energy for military and disaster relief applications.

Dr Peter Carrington: Physics - Awarded £5,000

Peter will work with Compound Semiconductor Technologies in validating, scaling up and optimising high efficiency solar cells.

Dr Manus Hayne: Physics - Awarded £5,000

Manus will work with Tyco Fire Protection Products in developing optical scattering techniques within fire detectors for cheaper and more accurate detection.

Dr Manus Hayne and Dr Oleg Kolosov: Physics - Awarded £5,000

Manus and Oleg will work with Oclaro Inc to further develop beam-exit cross-sectional polishing (BEXP), a low cost method of evaluating semi-conductor layers.

Dr Oleg Kolosov: Physics - Awarded £5,000

Oleg will work with NT-MDT Europe BV in developing the functionality of atomic force microscopes (AFMs) to enable them to detect material properties at nanoscale resolution.

Professor Tony Krier: Physics - Awarded £5,000

Tony will also work with Compound Semiconductor Technologies in producing a demonstrator thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cell that directly converts waste heat into electric power.

Professor Colin Lambert: Physics - Awarded £20,000

Colin will work with BP in developing new families of amphiphilic surfactants within the oil and automotive industries. The funding from the IAA will be matched by BP.

Dr Andrew Marshall: Physics - Awarded £4,750

Andrew will work with Amethyst Research Ltd on novel infrared (IR) imaging sensor technology, to enhance performance of IR sensors and related electro-optical devices.

Second Pilot Call Launch

A second pilot call to allocate funding is now live. Researchers and external partners are invited to attend an ImaginationLab on Wednesday 8th May to develop concepts and ideas that can ultimately lead to a successful IAA funding application of up to £20,000.

The lab, held on campus, will be facilitated by specialists in building robust collaborations and in generating innovative and novel ideas. The IAA facilitator, Dee Hennessy, has facilitated sandpits and similar events for EPSRC, NERC, ESRC in addition to dozens of collaboration events with research communities and business consortia. Researchers and external partners will explore potential alliances through new and unexpected viewpoints.

It is encouraged that Lancaster staff consider external partners that they have not been able to collaborate with previously due to funding restrictions. Following the ImaginationLab various IAA funding options are available ranging from travel for staff exchange, seed funding up to £5,000 for exploration of initial ideas and more substantial funding of up to £20,000 (if matched by the external collaborator) to support the development of research outputs into a commercial proposition.

To register for a place on the ImaginationLab or for more information contact Dr Mark Rushforth by Friday 3rd May.

Attendance on the ImaginationLab is not compulsory for submission into the second call for IAA funds. For researchers unable to attend the lab or with a relationship in place please contact Dr Mark Rushforth in the first instance. All expressions of interest must be submitted by Wednesday 15th May at 5pm.

More details on the IAA

Wed 10 April 2013