Aberystwyth University project shortlisted for Impact Awards
A BBSRC-funded project at Aberystwyth University has been shortlisted for the 2015 Research Councils UK (RCUK) and PraxisUnico Impact Awards, which recognise and celebrate the vital role knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professionals play in maximising impact from research.
The University is in the running to achieve the Contribution to Society award, which recognises the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer or commercialisation activities have had in benefitting (or have the potential to benefit) society.
Miscanthus is a perennial grass native to Eastern Asia with high energy-giving properties as a biofuel crop. The development of crops as sources of bioenergy is an important component in reducing the use of fossil fuels, contributing to targets aimed at decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Templates developed by Aberystwyth University help make it easier for countries/industry to work together and grow an industry. The project was funded by a BBSRC LINK grant.
The shortlisted projects show how UK KEC teams work with their academic colleagues to help turn investments in research into real-life benefits. This includes supporting relationships between businesses and world-leading UK researchers, and helping to remove some of the barriers to business engagement.
There are nine shortlisted entries for three awards: Contribution to Business; Contribution to Society; and Outstanding KEC Initiative, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 15 September 2015. The Overall Winner 2015 will be drawn from winners of the three awards, and will receive up to £50,000 award money to be used to invest in enhancing their KEC activities.
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For further information, please see external contacts below. Further information about the Impact Awards is available at: www.impactawards.org.uk.
There are three awards:
- Contribution to Business – This award recognises the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer and/or commercialisation activities have had in benefiting (or have the potential to benefit) a company and/or the economy.
- Contribution to Society – This award recognises the outstanding contribution that knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer or commercialisation activities have had in benefitting (or have the potential to benefit) society.
- Outstanding KEC Initiative – This award recognises how an innovative approach to knowledge exchange and commercialisation has the potential to be transformative for the community of KEC professionals.
PraxisUnico is the UK's leading professional association for research commercialisation practitioners. It provides a voice for the sector and facilitates interactions between public sector research, business and government. PraxisUnico delivers professional training programmes around the world, promoting best practice knowledge transfer. Find out more at www.praxisunico.org.uk.
About Research Councils UK (RCUK)
RCUK is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3Bn in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to society’s challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UK’s research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at www.rcuk.ac.uk.
The seven UK Research Councils are:
- Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) – www.ahrc.ac.uk
- Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) – www.bbsrc.ac.uk
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) – www.esrc.ac.uk
- Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – www.epsrc.ac.uk
- Medical Research Council (MRC) – www.mrc.ac.uk
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – www.nerc.ac.uk
- Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) – www.stfc.ac.uk
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