3rd IAA Call Results Announced

Over £275,000 was awarded to Lancaster University researchers through the 3rd IAA Call to engage with external partners and accelerate the impact of their activities. Both seed funding to develop early stage ideas, and larger co-funded projects designed to turn research outputs into full commercial propositions, were awarded.

The 3rd call was run in conjunction with two Collaborative Impact events, focussed on thematic areas Eco-Innovation/Energy and ICT/Cyber Security. These were designed to be smaller and more specific events than the previous ImaginationLab. Lancaster researchers and industry were invited and given the opportunity to generate IAA project ideas both through existing and more excitingly, new collaborations. 30 awards were made, with half of these in conjunction with local SMEs, reflecting the university's track record of engagement in this area.

IAA 3rd Call recipients

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

Dr Nick Evans (Chemistry) awarded £10,000
Nick is working with Johnson Matthey to examine new molecular receptors for removal of waste products from water.

Professor Peter Fielden (Chemistry) awarded £9,680
Peter is working with both the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and eBiogen Ltd to develop a portable diagnostic device for real time and continuous monitoring.

Dr Alistair Barron (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Alistair is working with British Standards Institution (BSi) to assess the need for a penetration testing standard, a method to test cyber defence capabilities that could be exploited by a malicious hacker.

Dr Alistair Barron (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Alistair is also working with Xyone Digital Solutions to develop a software tool that reveals to an organisation what information is available to potential hackers and which of its employees are potentially vulnerable to social engineering attacks.

Professor Nigel Davies (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Nigel is working with Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) to explore the potential use of open displays in high-street banking outlets.

Dr Chris Edwards (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Chris is working with DNA Agile to develop a distributed security system that protects confidential data and provides a warning indicator of attempts at tampering or hacking the system.

Dr Joe Finney (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Joe is working with Blackpool Illuminations to explore new and innovative lighting control systems.

Dr Joe Finney (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Joe is also working with Novico Ltd to undertake a feasibility study that uses mobile devices to enable targeted content for public digital displays.

Professor Hans Gellersen (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Hans is working with Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) to demonstrate the potential of eye tracking for interactive services in banking outlets, responding to both customer attention and improving accessibility for customers with disabilities.

Dr Nick Race (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Nick is working with The Networking People to develop a system to provide early warnings of potentially malicious network traffic on Wide Area Networks.

Dr Nick Race and Dr Chris Edwards (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Nick and Chris are working with Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd to analyse networking traffic data captured during Formula 1 race events.

Dr Paul Rayson (Computing and Communications) awarded £10,000
Paul is working with Xyone Digital Solutions to explore the application of natural language processing technologies to enhance current online marketing strategies.

Professor Colin Boxall and Dr Vesna Najdanovic (Engineering and Energy Lancaster) awarded £10,000
Peter and Vesna are working with Griffin Renewables to explore the potential of using waste biomass for value added chemical products.

Dr Xiandong Ma (Engineering) awarded £10,000
Xiandong is working with Farm Urban to investigate the use of sustainable energy solutions for urban farming techniques.

Dr Xiandong Ma – (Engineering) awarded £10,000
Xiandong is also working with James Fisher MIMIC to examine the potential of condition monitoring to improve the performance and reliability of ships.

Dr Allan Rennie (Engineering) awarded £10,000
Allan is working with Oxley Developments to evaluate additive manufacturing (AM) routes to establish the feasibility of producing high performance capacitor systems.

Dr Ian Dodd (Lancaster Environment Centre) awarded £9,940
Ian is working with Levity CropScience to explore the potential of using titanium contained in waste streams for plant growth.

Dr Suzana Ilic (Lancaster Environment Centre) awarded £7,290
Suzi is working with Tidal Energy Ltd to address the gaps between theoretical and actual in-field tidal turbine energy performance.

Professor Frank Martin (Lancaster Environment Centre) awarded £10,000
Frank is working with Novabiomatrix Ltd to develop materials and construct 3D scaffolds to allow biological cell culture growth.

Dr Andy Sweetman and Crispin Halsall (Lancaster Environment Centre) awarded £10,000
Andy and Crispin are working with Bowland Analytical Support Ltd to develop bespoke analytical methods to remove chemical contaminants from waste water.

Dr Manus Hayne (Physics) awarded £10,000
Manus is working with Lancaster Materials Analysis to develop image analysis tools to enable automated determination of layer thicknesses of multi-layered semiconductor structures.

Dr Manus Hayne (Physics) awarded £10,000
Manus is also working with IQE to demonstrate the feasibility of a new concept computer memory device.

Dr Andrew Marshall (Physics) awarded £10,000
Andrew is working with Selex ES to develop a new infrared detector.

Professor Aneta Stefanovska, Dr Robert Young and Professor Peter McClintock (Physics) awarded £10,000
Aneta, Robert and Peter are working with DefineX Ltd to investigate secure communications in safety critical systems.

Professor Aneta Stefanovska, Dr Robert Young and Professor Peter McClintock (Physics) awarded £9,970
Aneta, Robert and Peter are also working with Experto Crede to investigate secure digital data from mobile handsets.

Dr Qian-Dong Zhuang (Physics) awarded £9,300
Qian-Dong is working with CIPhotonics to develop new quantum dot systems and exploit their applications in fabricating advanced lasers.

Professor Paul Taylor (Psychology) awarded £9,981
Paul is working with Experto Crede to develop language mimicry software to help improve relationships between sales representatives and their clients.

Professor Paul Taylor (Psychology) awarded £9,991
Paul is also working with Xyone Digital Solutions to compare linguistic styles presented on a company’s various web presences enabling an understanding of the consistency of communication to customers.

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

Professor Nigel Davies (Computing and Communications) awarded £24,000 from IAA match with £24,000 from In Touch Ltd
Nigel is working with In Touch to develop a commercially viable system to support workforce collaboration using ambient and interactive displays.

Dr Andrew Marshall (Physics) awarded £25,000 from IAA match with £25,000 from Amethyst Research Ltd
Andrew is working with Amethyst to develop demonstrator 2D infrared imaging arrays.