2nd Pilot IAA Call Results Announced

Over £140,000 was awarded to Lancaster University researchers through the 2nd Pilot IAA Call to engage with external partners and again accelerate the impact of their activities. Awards were made that supported staff exchanges, seed funding to develop early stage ideas and larger co-funded projects designed to turn research outputs into full commercial propositions.

The 2nd Pilot Call was run in conjunction with an ImaginationLab held in Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA). The day was attended by approximately 60 Lancaster researchers and their external partners and was facilitated by experienced knowledge exchange and creative collaboration practitioners.

IAA 2nd Pilot Call Recipients

Stage 1 - Cultural change in academic and industry staff

Dr Lefteris Danos (Chemistry, Energy Lancaster Fellow) awarded £150
Lefteris was awarded funding to discuss potential project ideas with KP Technology, a Kelvin Probe manufacturer based in Scotland. This resulted in two successful Stage 2 applications.

Dr Richard Haley and Dr John Prance (Physics) awarded £202 (two awards)
Richard and John were awarded funding to establish a collaborative partnership with Oxford Instruments. This has already resulted in a successful EPSRC Vacation Bursary award.

Stage 2 - Co-design of innovative early-stage ideas to explore potential opportunities for impact

Dr Lefteris Danos (Chemistry, Energy Lancaster Fellow) awarded £3,000
Lefteris is working with Sharp Laboratories of Europe and KP Technology to perform a proof of concept assessment of experimental methods to aid production of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells.

Dr Lefteris Danos (Chemistry, Energy Lancaster Fellow) awarded £5,000
Lefteris is working with KP Technology to undertake a material assessment in the development of new Scanning Kelvin Probes functionality, used for photovoltaic materials characterisation.

Professor Peter Fielden (Chemistry) awarded £5,000
Peter is working with Process Instruments, a local SME, to demonstrate the feasibility of using capacitance measurements to create a low-cost sensor capable of measuring percentage solids in aqueous media.

Dr Vilius Franckevicius (Chemistry) awarded £5,000
Vilius is working with GlaxoSmithKline to establish the viability and proof-of-concept of a new, safe, high-yielding and practical methodology for the synthesis of drug-like molecules.

Dr Rachel Platel (Chemistry) awarded £5,000
Rachel is working with Arid Agritec Ltd, a co-located company based on campus, to conduct a preliminary investigation into the potential of Nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC) in delivering a range of commercial benefits.

Dr Joe Finney (Computing and Communications) awarded £5,000
Joe is working with MK Illumination to develop a low-cost powerline based lighting controller for the broad portfolio of their lighting products.

Dr Paul Rayson (Computing and Communications) awarded £5,000
Paul is working with Bilingual Chat to extend an existing semantic analysis system for the English language based on the top 5000 most common words. This will allow Bilingual chat to successfully analyse conversations across a variety of languages in their chat rooms.

Professor Jon Whittle - (Computing and Communications) awarded £5,000
Jon is working with Small Green Consultancy to explore the commercial potential of the prototype trading app, being developed by the EPSRC BARTER project, to create a self-generating income source for the local Lancaster economy.

Dr Richard Dawson (Engineering) awarded £5,000
Richard is collaborating with Rachel Platel (Chemistry) and working with NovaPangea Technologies to explore possible process plant options through process modelling and conditions for typical feedstocks to give the most efficient operation in terms of yield and energy balance.

Dr Bobo Hu (Engineering) awarded £5,000
Bobo is working with Pulseteq to implement improvements in software and hardware used in Magnetic Resonance scanning, a medical imaging technique.

Dr Stephen Monk (Engineering) awarded £5,000
Steve is working with Createc to develop Multi-Channel Analyser (MCA) algorithms for making measurements within the nuclear industry that allow a significant increase in performance.

Dr Allan Rennie (Engineering) awarded £4,800
Allan is also working with Createc to develop an additive manufacturing process incorporating tungsten material using Selective Laser Melting (SLM).

Dr Allan Rennie (Engineering) awarded £5,000
Allan is collaborating with Peter Fielden (Chemistry) and working with Microfab to utilise additive manufacturing technologies (principally selective laser sintering and stereolithography) to create microfluidic devices.

Dr Geoff Turvey (Engineering) awarded £5,000
Geoff is working with both Exel Composites and Engineered Composites to enable demonstrator hybrid-fibre beams to be pultruded and their enhanced structural performance (compared to all glass fibre beams) measured.

Professor Phil Barker (Lancaster Environment Centre) awarded £5,000
Phil is working with PBA Applied Ecology to test the application of stable isotope techniques in biomonitoring in sites suffering from diffuse pollution.

Dr Suzana Ilic (Lancaster Environment Centre) awarded £4,950
Suzi is working with Clifton Marsh Power to investigate tidal turbines on downstream flow, in particular looking at parameters such as vertical location, bed roughness and turbine-turbine interactions.

Professor Tony Krier (Physics) awarded £5,000
Tony is working on Gas Sensing Solutions to investigate commercialisation of Mid-infrared LEDs and detectors for use in gas sensing applications.

Dr Andrew Marshall (Physics) awarded £5,000
Andy is working with Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global to prepare a production route which could facilitate industrial uptake of "nBn" photodetectors, capable of producing a step change in performance.

Dr Qian-Dong Zhuang (Physics) awarded £5,000
Qian-Dong is working with Oxford Instruments to develop novel epitaxial growth technology based upon molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to demonstrate the large-scale monolithic growth of two-dimensional (2D) layered materials of graphene/Nitride on silicon.

Dr Qian-Dong Zhuang (Physics) awarded £5,000
Qian-Dong is also working with Gas Sensing Solutions to demonstrate infrared photodetectors by using novel InAsSb one-dimensional nanowires (NWs) materials.

Stage 3 - Support for the early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition

Professor Awais Rashid (Computing and Communications) awarded £11,993 from IAA, matched with £12,000 from Defence Science and Technology Labs (DSTL)
Awais is working with DSTL to maximise the impact of the identity salience detection tool developed at Lancaster University as part of the EPSRC funded Identi-scope project.

Professor Jon Whittle (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000 from IAA, matched with £10,000 from Tomorrows Medicines Limited
John is working with Tomorrows Medicines Limited to develop a proof-of-concept system for mining public social media and an existing clinical database for matching patients and available clinical trials.

Dr Andrew Sweetman (Lancaster Environment Centre) awarded £20,000 from IAA, matched with £20,000 from T.E. Laboratories
Andy is working with T.E. Laboratories in the development of passive water sampling techniques that can fulfil the requirements of widespread application through tailoring to a specific range of substances listed as part of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and beyond.