Funding for Scottish research

The Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Programme has awarded funding of £3.3m in its Round Eight awards to 16 commercialisation projects in Scottish universities and research institutions.

The cash will support projects which have the potential to result in innovative spinout companies or licensing agreements which will ultimately help grow Scotland’s economy.

The programme, created in 1999, aims to address the lack of available funding, from both the public and private sector, to support the development of research concepts into commercial products or services. To date it has invested a total of £36.4m in 201 projects.

Eleanor Taylor, head of the Proof of Concept Programme, said: ‘A major role for Scottish Enterprise is to maximise Scotland’s innovation. Through the Proof of Concept Programme we are helping to realise the economic potential from Scotland’s world-renowned research, taking innovative technology out of the lab and transforming it into world-class companies and licensing agreements.’

Among the projects being confirmed for a Round Eight award is technology from St AndrewsUniversity which can lift fingerprints on wet or porous surfaces for criminal detection.

GlasgowCaledonianUniversity is getting support to market an instrument to increase the efficiency of bio-mass use in energy production, giving Scotland a competitive edge in the alternative energy market.

Heriot-Watt has developed nanostructured composite materials for the design and fabrication of novel lenses and refractive and diffractive optical elements which will completely remove the risk of failure due to unknown technologies or the need for new technology development.

GlasgowUniversity is working on chip-less smart label technology which is a cost-efficient alternative to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), offering a way to reduce counterfeiting and stock diversion.

NapierUniversity received funding for its technology that offers an alternative way to increase sound insulation in new blockwork housing without having to add more wall or floor linings.