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1 Anthony J Ryan OBE Pro Vice Chancellor Faculty of Science

2 N8 Research Partnership Eight most research-intensive universities in the North Durham Manchester LancasterNewcastle Leeds Sheffield LiverpoolYork The Power of 8: mobilise research excellence & critical mass -8,200 academic staff -90% of N8 research is rated as of international quality -125 “top ten rankings” in RAE ,000 postgraduate students

3 The Power of 8 Combining complementary strengths from across 8 leading universities Established with Northern Way monies focusing on areas of relevance to industry in North of England Specific research programmes in: Phase One: Molecular Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Phase Two: Parasitology Demographic Change Transformational Infrastructure Just Cities; Creative and Cultural

4 Key operating principles 1) Focus: where by working together can achieve a greater output than single institutional effort 2) Criteria: common elements of successful collaborations Capability across the N8 universities Opportunity to work with industry or research users Willingness among the community to work together 3) Not an exclusive club –work with others on capability basis (e.g. Sheffield Hallam, Bradford and Hull core partners in METRC)

5 Progress on Phase 1 Tangible - 60 jobs, £35m research income; 240 business assets - Proof of concept technology projects with significant commercial value – Deloitte valuation of METRC pipeline - £50m+ Intangible - Industry led collaborative networks and critical mass - Molecular Engineering and Regenerative Medicine - Reputation with industry and TSB for collaborative research - Asset of trust and established network of PVC-Rs - foundation to try new things

6 Phase 2 Renewed commitment to working together: Collaboration, Excellence, Growth Key priorities -Emerging social sciences programme -building on demographic change pilot -academic and translational outputs -N8 Industry Innovation Forum: working with Technology Strategy Board and global R&D firms -Joint working on maximising economic growth through use of capital assets

7 Why collaborate? EXEMPLAR –REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE - £100k study - 4 themed reports + overarching synthesis report - Whitehall seminar with BIS and DWP on older entrepreneurs - Special edition of Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy - Executive summaries for practitioners and policy makers - Launch event attended by David Willetts -Individual seminars with LEPs – bespoke presentations on implications for their localities - Follow-up research themes, great potential for science

8 The power of 2! Started by “2 Jags” Prescott & lauded by “2 brains” Willets

9 Why? Collaboration

10 METRC: Helping Industry to Innovate Phase 2 Launch February 2012 A case study

11 METRC Introduction to METRC Universities involved METRC Phase 1: METRC Phase 2:

12 METRC Introduction to METRC Universities involved METRC Phase 1: METRC Phase 2:

13 What METRC does METRC applies nanotechnology, science and engineering research from universities in the north of England to help industry to: develop innovative new products and processes reduce time to market find experts to solve problems access new technologies

14 How METRC does this Fund collaborative research and innovation projects – initially £2.2 M from RDAs Provide a free brokerage service Help companies and academics to realise the commercial potential of their research

15 Summary Introduction to METRC Universities involved METRC Phase 1: METRC Phase 2:

16 Universities involved

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18 Summary Introduction to METRC Universities involved METRC Phase 1: METRC Phase 2:

19 METRC : Facts and Figures Funded 85 research projects Helped 90 companies to innovate Created 20.5 jobs

20 Conducted by Analysis of 21 largest projects Economic Impact Assessment

21 Conducted by Analysis of 21 largest projects Could be much bigger! Economic Impact Assessment Value to UK economy could be as high as

22 Summary Introduction to METRC Universities involved METRC Phase 1: METRC Phase 2:

23 1.Fund collaborative research and innovation projects 2.Provide a free brokerage service 3.Help companies and academics to realise the commercial potential of their research

24 METRC Innovation Awards Funding available to help companies to innovate University – Industry collaborative research and innovation projects

25 METRC Innovation Awards Nanotechnology, science and engineering Small feasibility project to test out a novel idea Small proof of principle study

26 METRC Innovation Awards Any company can apply; preference given to SMEs METRC can help companies to find suitable academics and vice-versa Or companies and academics can apply together directly

27 Eligible universities

28 Funding Each METRC Innovation Award is worth £5K This must be matched by at least £5K cash from the company Money is awarded to the academic to carry out the project

29 Example 1 Company A and Prof X want to investigate raw materials from sustainable sources 1 x METRC Innovation Award  £5K funding + £5K cash match from company = £10K to spend on project

30 Funding In some cases it will be possible to apply for more than one METRC Innovation Award at once BUT the company must match in cash the total value of the Awards applied for

31 Example 2 Company B and Prof Y want to investigate suitable materials for sensing applications Company B and Prof Y only need to fill in one application form and not 4 4 x METRC Innovation Awards  £20K funding + £20K cash match from company = £40K to spend on project

32 Funding Assessment Criteria UK based company Strong commercial potential Project benefits the company Long-term plans for partnership

33 Current status Call 1 opened 6 February 2012 Apply using an online form on metrc.co.uk Both company & academic filled in form Call closed on 6 April 2012 Contracts currently being issued Call 2 will open later in 2012 and there will be further calls in 2013 and 2014

34 Summary Introduction to METRC Universities involved METRC Phase 1: METRC Phase 2:

35 Delivering Innovation


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