Business/science link-ups win £10m awards

Government funding of £10m is to become available under the latest Foresight LINK programme for 18 new projects, announced in December, and worth a total of £20m. Three themes a cleaner world; the impact of new technology on society; and precision and control in management underpin the choice of award winners for the new LINK […]

Government funding of £10m is to become available under the latest Foresight LINK programme for 18 new projects, announced in December, and worth a total of £20m.

Three themes a cleaner world; the impact of new technology on society; and precision and control in management underpin the choice of award winners for the new LINK programme, which fosters links between the UK’s business and science base.

The biggest award, of £1.33m, goes to a consortium led by the University of Hull, which aims to develop a laboratory-on-a-chip which will target the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Aerospace companies Lucas and Rolls-Royce, along with the universities of Sheffield and Cranfield, receive £615,000 to develop fuel-control sensors that will be used to help reduce pollution from aircraft.

A project led by the University of Edinburgh has attracted £96,000 to develop low-cost optical inspection systems for use in circuit board assembly and electronics manufacture.

Partners are still to be found for a project to develop systems and equipment to detect and control fraud, seen as a major issue with the increasing use of electronic commerce. LINK funds of up to £2.6m are available for this work, in line with funding guidelines of 50% of project costs. Partners must be prepared to fund half themselves.

Details of the LINK projects and awards are available from the Department of Trade and Industry. Telephone: 0171-215 5000.