Business Innovation projects secure £2m in grants for University

Sandy Fleming
Biosciences laboratory

Since the start of the new academic year the University has been awarded more than £2m for innovations-related projects.

The funding, granted through the University’s Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE), includes £591,970 for three new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). Previous KTPs carried out by the University of Kent have achieved the highest possible rating by Innovate UK.

KIE Director, Carole Barron, said: ‘Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and organisations now understand how the University’s approach to innovation and enterprise can add value to their business. Our international expertise and cutting edge facilities are very well appreciated by the business community.’

Other projects for which the total funding is £1,566,988 include:

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are:

  • PlanSnap with Computing, EDA and Psychology: Combining three different academic disciplines, the project will work to embed expert data analytics and a deep understanding of social networking theories to enable development of the next generation of social planning tools.
  • Eurostar with Kent Business School (KBS): to gain new knowledge in simulation technology systems to develop capacity planning and large scale modelling capability in order to increase capacity.

The dedicated business and innovation gateway team at the University offers state-of-the-art facilities in Canterbury, Medway and Brussels. For further information KIE can be contacted online, by email enterprise@kent.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1227 827376