Given the increasing importance to universities of applied R&D and impact, monies that are traditionally considered as focused on business innovation are an increasingly important part of the research funding mix. As part of this mix, the European Structural and Investment Fund (of which the European Regional Development Fund is an important part) has focused on economic development activities. These funds encourage university and SME engagements which can feed into collaborative research activities, driving REF eligible journal articles, REF impact case studies, competitive research and innovation grant funding and future contract research income. The University of Birmingham has leveraged this funding to operate a number of schemes, including Accelerating Business-Knowledge Base Innovation Activity, the Centre for Advanced Simulation & Modelling for Manufacturing and the Digital Humanities Hub. This session will look at the establishment, methodology and lessons learned from these schemes, and how successful they have been in furthering the University’s research agenda. The University of Birmingham is in conversation with the University of Nottingham in order to jointly deliver this session. Nottingham has also exploited ERDF monies as part of their ERDF Building Enterprise project, focusing on providing coherent practical support to enable and empower the social enterprise sector.
|Theme:||Policy and Governance|
|Time:||11:30 - 12:45|
|Date:||7th Jun 2016|
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