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Anthony J Ryan OBE Pro Vice Chancellor Faculty of Science. www.n8research.org.uk. N8 Research Partnership. Eight most research-intensive universities in the North Durham Manchester Lancaster Newcastle Leeds Sheffield Liverpool York The Power of 8 :

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Anthony J Ryan OBE

Pro Vice Chancellor

Faculty of Science

www.n8research.org.uk

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N8 Research Partnership

  • Eight most research-intensive universities in the North
        • Durham Manchester
        • Lancaster Newcastle
        • Leeds Sheffield
        • Liverpool York
  • The Power of 8:
  • mobilise research excellence & critical mass
    • 8,200 academic staff
    • 90% of N8 research is rated as of international quality
    • 125 “top ten rankings” in RAE 2008
    • - 45,000 postgraduate students

www.n8research.org.uk

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The Power of 8

  • Combining complementary strengths from across
  • 8 leading universities
  • Established with Northern Way monies focusing
  • on areas of relevance to industry in North of England
  • Specific research programmes in:
    • Phase One: Molecular Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
    • Phase Two:ParasitologyDemographic Change Transformational Infrastructure Just Cities; Creative and Cultural

www.n8research.org.uk

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Key operating principles

  • Focus: where by working together can achieve a
  • greater output than single institutional effort
  • 2) Criteria: common elements of successful collaborations
    • Capability across the N8 universities
    • Opportunity to work with industry or research users
    • Willingness among the community to work together
  • 3) Not an exclusive club –work with others on capability
  • basis (e.g. Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Hull core
  • partners in METRC)

www.n8research.org.uk

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Progress on Phase 1

  • Tangible
    • 60 jobs, £35m research income; 240 business assets
    • Proof of concept technology projects with significant
    • commercial value – Deloitte valuation of METRC
    • pipeline - £50m+
  • Intangible
    • Industry led collaborative networks and critical mass- Molecular Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
    • Reputation with industry and TSB for collaborative research
    • Asset of trust and established network of PVC-Rs- foundation to try new things

www.n8research.org.uk

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Phase 2

  • Renewed commitment to working together: Collaboration, Excellence, Growth
  • Key priorities
    • Emerging social sciences programme
    • building on demographic change pilot
    • academic and translational outputs
    • N8 Industry Innovation Forum: working with
    • Technology Strategy Board and global R&D firms
    • Joint working on maximising economic growth through use of capital assets

www.n8research.org.uk

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Why collaborate?

  • EXEMPLAR –REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE
  • DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE - £100k study
  • - 4 themed reports + overarching synthesis report
  • - Whitehall seminar with BIS and DWP on older entrepreneurs
  • - Special edition of Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
  • - Executive summaries for practitioners and policy makers
  • - Launch event attended by David Willetts
  • Individual seminars with LEPs – bespoke presentations on implications for their localities
  • - Follow-up research themes, great potential for science

www.n8research.org.uk

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The power of 2!

Started by “2 Jags” Prescott &lauded by “2 brains” Willets

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Why? Collaboration

www.n8research.org.uk

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A case study

METRC: Helping Industry to Innovate

Phase 2 Launch February 2012

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METRC

Introduction to METRC

Universities involved

METRC Phase 1: 2008-11

METRC Phase 2: 2012-14

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METRC

Introduction to METRC

Universities involved

METRC Phase 1: 2008-11

METRC Phase 2: 2012-14

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What METRC does

METRC applies nanotechnology, science and engineering research from universities in the north of England to help industry to:

develop innovative new products and processes

reduce time to market

find experts to solve problems

access new technologies

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How METRC does this

Fund collaborative research and innovation projects – initially £2.2 M from RDAs

Provide a free brokerage service

Help companies and academics to realise the commercial potential of their research

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Summary

Introduction to METRC

Universities involved

METRC Phase 1: 2008-11

METRC Phase 2: 2012-14

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Summary

Introduction to METRC

Universities involved

METRC Phase 1: 2008-11

METRC Phase 2: 2012-14

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METRC 2008-11:

Facts and Figures

Funded 85 research projects

Helped 90 companies to innovate

Created 20.5 jobs

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Economic Impact Assessment
  • Conducted by
  • Analysis of 21 largest projects
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Economic Impact Assessment
  • Conducted by
  • Analysis of 21 largest projects
  • Could be much bigger!

Value to UK economy could be as high as

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Summary

Introduction to METRC

Universities involved

METRC Phase 1: 2008-11

METRC Phase 2: 2012-14

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METRC Phase 2: 2012-14

Fund collaborative research and innovation projects

Provide a free brokerage service

Help companies and academics to realise the commercial potential of their research

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METRC Innovation Awards
  • Funding available to help companies to innovate
  • University – Industry collaborative research and innovation projects
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METRC Innovation Awards

Nanotechnology, science and engineering

Small feasibility project to test out a novel idea

Small proof of principle study

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METRC Innovation Awards

Any company can apply; preference given to SMEs

METRC can help companies to find suitable academics and vice-versa

Or companies and academics can apply together directly

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Funding
  • Each METRC Innovation Award is worth £5K
  • This must be matched by at least £5K cash from the company
  • Money is awarded to the academic to carry out the project
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Example 1

Company A and Prof X want to investigate raw materials from sustainable sources

+

1 x METRC Innovation Award

£5K funding

£10K to spend on project

£5K cash match from company

=

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Funding

In some cases it will be possible to apply for more than one METRC Innovation Award at once

BUT the company must match in cash the total value of the Awards applied for

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Example 2

Company B and Prof Y want to investigate suitable materials for sensing applications

Company B and Prof Y only need to fill in one application form and not 4

4 x METRC Innovation Awards

£20K funding

£40K to spend on project

£20K cash match from company

+

=

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Funding Assessment Criteria
  • UK based company
  • Strong commercial potential
  • Project benefits the company
  • Long-term plans for partnership
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Current status
  • Call 1 opened 6 February 2012
  • Apply using an online form on metrc.co.uk
  • Both company & academic filled in form
  • Call closed on 6 April 2012
  • Contracts currently being issued
  • Call 2 will open later in 2012 and there will be further calls in 2013 and 2014
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Summary

Introduction to METRC

Universities involved

METRC Phase 1: 2008-11

METRC Phase 2: 2012-14

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Delivering

Innovation