The University of Warwick has been awarded £2.2 million to help pioneering scientists and engineers create successful businesses from their research.
The University of Warwick has been awarded an ‘Impact Acceleration Account’ (IAA) by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of a £60 million Government drive.
The money will go towards a number of initiatives to boost the university’s impact on the wider economy, including supporting the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition – the “valley of death” between a research idea and developing it to a stage where a company or venture capitalist might be interested.
It will also allow the university to fund secondments for scientists and engineers to spend time in a business environment: improving their knowledge and skills and returning to the lab with a better understanding of the way companies operate and the challenges they face.
University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nigel Thrift said: “The University of Warwick already has a widely-acknowledged reputation for its strong links with business and industry and for producing research with high commercial value.
“The Impact Acceleration Account will enable us to deepen these links and to further develop as an entrepreneurial and innovative research centre responding to real-world challenges.
“Universities have a key role to play in nurturing UK economic growth, and we are proud to be at the heart of this drive.”
In addition, the funding will boost Warwick’s Global Research Priority Programmes, multidisciplinary initiatives which focus on finding solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, specifically in the areas of energy, innovative manufacturing, science and technology for health and sustainable cities.
The IAA money will be complemented by further funding from the University itself, as well as the Higher Education Innovation Fund Round (HEIF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).