Grant provides local access to research -

Grant provides local access to research

LONDON — A £600 000 investment by Yorkshire Forward will provide local businesses with access to The Mobile and Satellite Communications Research Centre (MSCRC), based at the University of Bradford.

The Bradford based centre is working with the University of Leeds' Institute of Integrated Information Systems to create the Wireless Technologies Centre of Industrial Collaboration (CIC) and open up its research capabilities to the region's businesses.

Professor Ray Sheriff, director of the MSCRC, said, “We already work extensively with industry, but this has been helping companies and organisations outside Yorkshire and Humber. Becoming a CIC really allows us to really make our knowledge work locally and gives us a big opportunity to work with our regional industry partners.”

The centre is working on projects to provide airline passengers and crew with wireless communication systems as well as IPv6 Internet technology.

Terry Hodgkinson, Chair of the Yorkshire Forward regional development agency, said, “The first 11 CICs have created or safeguarded more than 130 jobs, grossed over £22 million in research income and entered more than 700 collaborative agreements with businesses.” The network of CICs is an £11 million initiative with the European Regional Development Fund to establish a world-class scientific, technical and research resource for the region.

Three new CICs have now been established, they are the Digital Printing CIC at the University of Leeds, the Wireless Technologies CIC at the University of Leeds and Bradford and the Precision Technologies CIC at the University of Huddersfield.

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