IfM to lead major knowledge transfer project
Dr Chris Pearson
The University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) is leading a consortium of universities awarded more than £2 million to help academics exploit their research.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) last year launched a multimillion pound scheme to help universities ensure that their academics’ discoveries are turned into tangible economic and societal benefits for the UK.
As part of this initiative, a collaboration of the Universities of Cambridge, Bath, Cranfield, Exeter and Nottingham has been awarded £2.2 million through a Collaborative Knowledge Transfer Award (KTA) to commence on 1 October 2009 and last for three years.
The programme is developing and applying service science to increase value generation in sectors where products and services are combined, such as aerospace, power generation, pharmaceuticals and chemical engineering.
The partner universities are all members of the Support Service Solutions: Strategy and Transition (S4T) consortium, a research programme led by Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing and jointly funded by EPSRC and BAE Systems.