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£7m funding windfall for University of Southampton researchers
Ground-breaking research at the University of Southampton has been boosted by a £7million funding windfall.
Three teams at the university will receive a share of the funding, which is part of a Government drive to boost the economy by investing in research into technology.
Among the research areas which will benefit as a result of the funding are energy storage, unmanned vehicles and systems, and electronics.
The three grants are among an £85million Government investment in 20 universities throughout the country that has been announced by Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts.
The funding is designed to boost research that is likely to play a big role in the UK’s economy over the coming decade.
Southampton’s Professor Jim Scanlon, Prof Damon Teagle and Dr Peter Wilson won £3.5million to buy three pieces of research equipment which will help to develop technologies for unmanned vehicles and systems.
Prof Andy Cruden was granted £320,000 as part of a Sheffield University-led project to develop lithium-ion batteries and high power cell testers as part of an energy storage system.
And Prof Brian Hayden was awarded £3.3million to develop an advanced composite materials facility which will be unique to the UK.
It will create composite materials for electronics, data storage and energy storage.
He said: “I’m delighted, I think it’s a sign that there is an attitude of funding projects that will connect technological advances in universities to real products in areas such as the environment and energy, which shows a lot of foresight.
“There’s also a large academic aspect which will lead to new advances in materials in all sorts of sectors.”
University Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Philip Nelson said: “The level of investment in Southampton is a clear reflection of our world-class capability in research and will allow us to continue to be at the forefront of technologies that will drive UK growth.”
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