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IPO announces 2012 Fast Forward Competition results

12 March 2012

Thirteen of the UK's most innovative Universities were awarded more than £750,000 to support outstanding projects that are helping to develop new ideas from the drawing board into the market place. Baroness Wilcox, Intellectual Property Minister, made awards to projects, including the 1,000mph Bloodhound world land speed record team, that are helping to turn the UK's 'intellectual property' into economic prosperity.

Baroness Wilcox
Baroness Wilcox

Winning projects come from areas such as healthcare and computer games design to intellectual property valuation and social enterprise, with one notable winner being the University of the West of England’s (UWE) “Bloodhound@University” project which received £80,000 in funding from the Intellectual Property Office. "Bloodhound@University" is part of the prestigious Bloodhound SSC world land speed record project which will create novel technologies and processes to achieve its goal of 1,000mph. UWE have designed the 'Bloodhound Open Access User Community Model' where intellectual property generated from the innovative design/engineering will, via Higher Education Institutions and open-source methods, be made available to UK manufacturing, mainly to small and medium enterprises. This will help to improve the manufacturing competitiveness of UK industry.

Announcing the successful projects, the Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox said: “I am delighted to reward these projects for their role in helping hubs of innovation in UK universities to harness the intellectual property derived from their leading research and to collaborate with our most innovative and responsive industries. Bridging the gap between innovation and industry is key, and is vital for the UK’s continued growth, and these projects do just that. I look forward to seeing the real difference this year’s winners will bring to university and industry relationships.”

Following on from the highly successful 2011 competition, the 2012 Fast Forward Competition provides individual projects with funding ranging from £10,000 to £90,000. The money is awarded to encourage innovative approaches to knowledge transfer from university research to real world products and services. The competition was open to UK universities and Public Sector Research Establishments and saw over 50 entries with 13 projects standing out as worthy of financial support.

The 2012 Fast Forward Competition awards prizes for projects that improve the management of Intellectual Property (IP) and Knowledge Exchange (KE), thereby creating new companies or services which benefit both the UK economy and society. It aims to encourage Higher Education Institutions and Public Sector Research Establishments to work with businesses and local communities to develop innovative KE practices that set, test, develop or embed best practice.

For more information about the Fast Forward Competition, click here

The winners of the 2012 Fast Forward Competition are:

Regions: Bristol, York, Sheffield & Southampton
Amount: £90,000
University of the West of England, University of York, University of Sheffield, and Southampton Solent University

Region: Bristol
Amount: £80,000
University of the West of England
Region: Swansea
Amount: £80,000
Swansea University

Region: Exeter
Amount: £80,000
University of Exeter

Region: Sheffield
Amount: £77,000
Sheffield Hallam University

Regions: Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth
Amount: £75,000
University of Portsmouth, University of Southampton, and University of Bournemouth

Region: London
Amount: £65,000
University College London

Region: Cambridge
Amount: £52,000
Papworth Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Region: Didcot
Amount: £48,000
STFC Innovations Ltd

Region: Dundee
Amount: £43,000
University of Abertay Dundee

Region: Portsmouth
Amount: £30,000
University of Portsmouth

Region: Leicester
Amount: £18,000
University of Leicester

Region: Bradford
Amount: £11,000
Bradford University


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