£100K boost for University collaborations with industry


The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has received funding of £100k from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help strengthen and build partnerships with industry.

The funding, from the Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund, has been provided as part of a new MRC initiative to enable universities to seize on ‘out of the box’ and interdisciplinary ideas at the earliest stage by supporting their investment in concepts that can be high-risk as well as high-potential.

This funding is part of a £3.3m investment by the MRC into 17 universities.

Positive changes

Professor Bob Burgoyne, Executive Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: “This is an exciting time for universities as there has never been greater interest in how the research we conduct could make positive changes to the world around us.

“This funding will ensure that through working with industry, the cutting-edge research at the University of Liverpool will continue to reach out well beyond our campus and deliver real impact and benefits to wider society.”

The funds will be used to:

  • Support a number of joint Faculty-industry focussed workshops and industry showcase events
  • Support short-term staff placements
  • Support exchanges with industry, designed to give academic and professional services colleagues the opportunity to explore new collaborations with industrial partners
  • Pump-prime academic-industry projects and for translational projects with industry

Strong collaborations

Professor Sir John Savill, chief executive of the MRC, said: “The MRC funding awards announced today help to identify and encourage exciting science and bring different cultures together to form strong collaborations. The early outcomes show that through devolved decision-making, researchers all over the UK have exploited the flexibility and collaborative potential of these innovative schemes for health benefits.”

For more information about the MRC’s Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund please visit their webpage here.


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