Intelligent sensing systems, 3D multimedia applications, control technology and packaging are the subjects of the first four Faraday research partnerships, announced last week.
The partnerships, intended to improve links between academic research and industry, especially smaller companies, have been set up under an initiative from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council at the end of last year.
Each partnership will receive £50,000 to assist setting up and will receive up to £1m over 18 months for specific collaborative research.
One will involve the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham and research organisation Pera International, to look at electronic/mechanical hybrid assemblies for processing, sensing and actuation.
In another project, Leeds, Sheffield and York Universities and research body Pira International look at better use of packaging materials.
Research body Sira and NPL, the privatised National Physics Laboratory, will research intelligent sensing and measurement systems.
The University of Glasgow and the Turing Institute will study advanced 3D digitisation technology.