Bristol & Bath Science Park chief exec welcomes £25m research boost
Yesterday (April 4, 2013), the Government announced it is releasing £85m in funding to invest in the UK’s scientific infrastructure.
It is inviting bids for the funds which will be shared by robotics and autonomous systems (£25million), grid-scale energy storage (£30 million) and advanced materials (£30 million), with funding for five other areas yet to be announced.
Welcoming the announcement, Bonnie Dean, chief executive of the Bristol & Bath Science Park said:
“It’s encouraging to see the Government making this investment, particularly in robotics and autonomous systems. . . these funds should play an important role in de-risking industry engagement with these technologies by bridging the ‘valley of death’ between academic research and commercially viable products and systems.
“Bristol has one of the strongest clusters of companies in the UK in the robotics and autonomous systems sector, many of whom would benefit from having access to facilities to collaborate, to do rapid prototyping and to demonstrate their intellectual property to prospective customers.”
On Thursday the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a government agency, announced that it is to invite capital bids for the £85 million fund to increase the strength and productivity of the UK’s scientific research infrastructure.
The call follows the Chancellor’s autumn pre-Budget statement where he announced £600m in additional capital funding for the eight Great British technologies.
For more information on the bidding process please visit the EPSRC website: