A new database for Science and Technology is able to provide comprehensive details of current funding opportunities specifically to encourage the development of partnerships between businesses and academic colleagues. The database will be updated once a week with new funding announcements from a wide range of sources and target alerts to members of the business partnerships team. Members of the business partnerships team will then work with academic colleagues to consider the potential to respond to the opportunity. The database will focus on ensuring a good level of awareness of funding opportunities which specifically encourage and fund business-university research partnerships (not research funding in general). The system aims to target opportunities more effectively to specific areas across the Faculty and provide a way of understanding and monitoring our response rates to an increasingly wide range of opportunities. Members of the business partnerships team will have an ability to record if and how specific opportunities are to be pursued on the database and all content (and updates) will be available for all staff to view. The system will be trialled for 6 months in the first instance and feedback encouraged from all colleagues so that we can improve the facility.
InfoLab21's Bruch Bytes series of technical briefings has now come to a close following twenty-two events, benefitting over 120 companies that attended. The series took place over 15 months at InfoLab21 and Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus. Specialist academics from Lancaster University's School of Computing and Communications presented on eleven topics covering; Mobile Contactless Technology, Next Steps in Social Media, Gamification-Transforming Work into Play, IPTV & 2nd Screen, Augmented Reality, Gesture Based Computing, Utilising Location Based Services, The Mobile Wallet, Social Media Analysis, Tablet Devices and the Internet of Things and Interactive Tables and Surfaces. A further three-part Brunch Bytes series will be run in Greater Manchester later in the year on a topic to be confirmed and more are planned for 2013.
LEC is a project lead in the Knowledge, Acceleration, Responsible Innovation Network, (KARIM) which aims to improve SME access to high value innovation support and technology and make North West Europe more competitive. LEC is leading a programme of work to provide placement opportunities in European SMEs for our students and developing collaborative research links between European companies and Lancaster academics. A project overview video is now available online, filmed at an event in Paris to bring together businesses with European researchers, including academic colleagues from LEC. In the latest KARIM Open Forum event, held in Dublin, which focused on Sustainable Water and Agriculture Solutions, four academic staff from LEC and two LEC co-located companies, Stopford Energy & Environment Ltd and Peak Environmental Associates Ltd, contributed presentations. The project is contracted to deliver a significant number of collaborative arrangement between partner universities and European SMEs by 2014.
Recent stories from Science and Technology:
Lancaster is part of a project to map the research equipment across universities in the North could point the way to greater collaboration between universities and improved research links with industry.
Environmental scientists at Lancaster will take part in a £13M research programme launched this week in London.
One of the most arid continents on earth - Australia - has valuable lessons for Britain's current water shortage according to researchers.
The reintroduction of farm ponds could significantly reduce agricultural pollution in our streams and rivers, according to new research led by Lancaster University.
In 2013 the university will take part in the national research excellence framework (REF) exercise. This is a periodic review to assess the quality of research undertaken in universities across the UK. Research is assessed under different units of assessment, which align to disciplines and departments within universities. Each unit of assessment at Lancaster is currently preparing its submission. This includes the submission of 4 publications by each member of staff and a document...