Governance and Evaluation


The IAA Executive Board will be chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and include the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and a number of EPSRC funded PIs. External representation will be from industry such as Unilever, IBM, and Qinetiq and funding bodies such as EPSRC and TSB.

The complete IAA Executive Board composition is shown below:



Professor Mark E. Smith

Vice Chancellor - Lancaster University

Professor Mary Smyth

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology - Lancaster University

Professor Awais Rashid

Director of Security Lancaster - Lancaster University

Professor Colin Lambert

Director of the Quantum Technology Centre - Lancaster University

Professor Gordon Blair

Director of the Highwire DTC - Lancaster University

Professor Jonathan Tawn

Director of the STORi DTC - Lancaster University

Professor Rachel Cooper OBE

Chair of the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts - Lancaster University

Professor Malcolm Joyce

Head of Engineering - Lancaster University

Bill Payne

Vice President for Global CRM and Industries - IBM

Christine Cambridge

Head of Capability - Qinetiq

Dr John Weir

Group Technical Director - PZ Cussons

Claire Durkin

VP, Regional Executive, Europe - URS

John Hand

Head, Impact - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Dr Peter Dirken


The Executive Board will be responsible for the evaluation of stage 2 and stage 3 proposals.

Notes on evaluation of Stage 2 proposals

Completed application forms will be evaluated by a sub group of the IAA Executive Board, chaired by the PVC Research with at least two EPSRC funded PIs with support from FST Head of Business Partnerships and Head of Knowledge Exchange.

Notes on evaluation of Stage 3 proposals

Evaluation will be made by the Executive Board and be based on the criteria outlined below:

  • Creative use of funds requested
  • Clear Exploitation Plan
  • Potential to lead to more substantial collaboration (e.g. KTP/TSB)
  • Demonstration that proposed activities do not displace existing resources from other funding
  • Appropriate Allocation of Resources
  • Ability to leverage private sector match funding (the expectation is that this will be at least 50% of the total project value as cash)
  • Potential Outputs & Impacts aligned to IAA KPIs
  • The board will operate a simple majority vote vased on the criteria above.

Notes on Co-Funded Project Contracts

The collaborative contract for the IAA co-funded projects will incorporate the following principles agreed by the executive board:

  • The university shall own the resulting intellectual property (IP)
  • Company granted a world-wide, royalty-free, revocable, sole licence to use resulting IP
  • Company shall use reasonable endeavours to exploit the IP during a specified licence term
  • Company recognises that results should be capable of being published
  • Background IP granted as non-exclusive licence on fair and reasonable commercial terms to be agreed
  • Revenue sharing arrangement in place should income from resulting IP exceed certain level (to be discussed with partner involved but likely to be in the order of 10% after £5M profit)

Lancaster researchers engaging in co-funded applications will be expected to declare that they own/are free to use the know how/IP relating to the work undertaken with the industry partner and if there is any knowledge/IP owned by any other parties relating to the work undertaken with the industry partner.