University of Liverpool launches new R&D programme for lab equipment and new technologies
The University of Liverpool has launched a new service to improve Research and Development access among SMEs. It is hoped that the programme will lead to better access for companies to acquire better laboratory equipment and cutting-edge technology. Investing in this area allows SMEs to build the necessary pace and agility that commercial R&D demands. Commercial teams behind the University of Liverpool’s successful Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and the Materials Innovation Factory are managing the new service.
Ex-industry executives and academic leaders will be staffing the programme and lending their expertise. In addition, strategic and technical support will be offered to participating companies to help define and implement new or existing projects in line with industry standards and commercial objectives. Importantly, the scheme will act as a ‘one front door’ service for private and public sector organisations to collaborate on R&D projects with academics in the fields of computer and data science, AI and robotics, and materials chemistry.
A Digital Innovation Faculty will be initiated next year to complement the service, £12.7 million investment designed to provide a home for academic research. “We want to ensure the ground-breaking research into emerging technologies happening across the University of Liverpool has a meaningful and beneficial commercial impact”, said Dr Andrew Levers, executive director, Institute of Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems at the University of Liverpool.