This month will see the start of the INTErSECT (Intelligent Sensors and Control Technology) programme, following the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) selection of the National Physical Laboratory and Sira to set up one of its first UK Faraday technology transfer partnerships.
NPL and Sira say that INTErSECT is to focus on sensors, data fusion and structural modelling for analysis, control and monitoring of processes using non-invasive measurement techniques. Universities will include University College London, Imperial College, the Cavendish Laboratory, Brunel, City, Bath, Kingston, Loughborough, Southampton, Surrey and Warwick.
Initially, workshops are defining key projects. Proposals will be passed to the EPSRC for funding, with four or five flagship and several supplementary projects expected to get the go-ahead.
INTErSECT funding will be some £2 million over four years – £1 million from the EPSRC, £560,000 from the NPL and the rest from industrial partners and participating companies.
The NPL/Sira bid to EPSRC was one of 70, of which 16 were short listed. Dr Andrew Wallard, deputy director NPL, is now director of the Partnership Management Unit; Prof Richard Brook, Sira’s CEO, is chairman of its Research Board.
Aims of the Faraday initiative are to develop university-based research, postgraduate training and technology transfer to support industry needs – particularly for small to medium sized enterprises.