Midland SMEs benefit from ┬ú20m University scheme
Midland SMEs and Universities join forces for advances in science R&D
Universities and small businesses in the Midlands are participating in a ┬ú20m scheme in conjunction with Advantage West Midlands, which allows scientific equipment to be shared to help pave the way for new advances in research and development.
The scheme will also encourage knowledge sharing between Universities and local companies.
Known as the Birmingham Science City Advanced Materials scheme, the project focuses on the fields of health, engineering, energy and the environment, and also aims to further the development of new facilities at the University of Warwick and Birmingham.
The initiative will allow Universities to research, source and advance new materials for future developments, which can be used by companies in years to come.
One recent example of the scheme is a partnership between the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick, and 3-Cs, a company based in Malvern (formerly Coated Conductor Cylinders Limited). The collaboration has reportedly enabled the University of Warwick to buy a new piece of equipment for their research, which is crucial for testing materials produced by 3-Cs Ltd at its Malvern site.
Managing Director of 3-Cs Dr Eamonn Maher said:
“We have supported the concept of Birmingham Science City right from the beginning and now that we have been able to benefit directly from the scheme, we have no hesitation in recommending it to small businesses needing access to the facilities and expertise at Birmingham and Warwick.”