LONDON The University of Surrey and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the delivery of a £10 million (about $16. million) program to commercialize the results of research.
The collaboration is supported by a £4 million (about $6 million) Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with an additional £6 million (about $ 10 million) funding from industrial partners and the University of Surrey.
The joint Surrey/NPL team will focus on three specific areas of technology:
– Communications and Signal Processing – including advances in mobile communications and internet connectivity;
– Next Generation Materials and Characterisation – with applications in automotive, aerospace and the growing sector of space and satellite engineering;
– Nanotechnology and Photonics – covering the latest in high speed optical communications and the next phase of miniaturisation in the semiconductor industry.
“The KTA represents a fantastic opportunity to expand the already successful partnerships developed by the University and most importantly it will be of great benefit in helping create business opportunities in these difficult times,” said Professor Christopher Snowden, Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey. “Surrey developed the laser diode that is used in CD and DVD players world wide and NPL has also had a fantastic track record of transferring technology to industry. This major award will enable Surrey and NPL to work together to create more opportunities of this kind.”
Dr. Brian Bowsher, managing director of NPL, added, “NPL is delighted to have this opportunity to continue our work with the University of Surrey. The knowledge transfer programme is the latest in a series of joint activities initiated under our memorandum of understanding with Surrey and affords us the chance to demonstrate real impact from EPRSC funded research into the U.K. economy. Over the past ten years we have developed knowledge transfer processes and tools as part of the National Measurement Office-sponsored National Measurement System. We will work with Surrey to tailor our approach to deliver maximum benefit to the KTA stakeholders.”
This is the first in a series based on the Knowledge Transfer expertise of the University of Surrey and the NPL and their industrial and commercial partners. Future plans include increasing support and facilities needed by high tech start up companies, expanding the already strong expertise in Surrey’s Satellite and Space Engineering facilities and new innovations for the Health and Medical sector.
The KTA will start on October 1, 2009 and over its three year duration Surrey’s EPSRC-funded research will drive increased engagement with industrial users and accelerate the exploitation of new technology.
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