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Reference Number EP/S019367/1
Title The Royce: Capitalising on the investment
Status Completed
Energy Categories Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 20%;
Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 10%;
Not Energy Related 50%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 10%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 100%
Principal Investigator Professor P Withers
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University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 November 2018
End Date 31 October 2021
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £1,006,681
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Manufacturing; R&D
Region North West
Programme Sir Henry Royce Institute
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor P Withers , Materials, University of Manchester (99.990%)
  Other Investigator Professor EH Linfield , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor Sir R Friend , Physics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor P Bruce , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Professor N (Neil ) Alford , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor F Livens , Chemistry, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr M Preuss , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr SH Cartmell , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor WM Rainforth , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor A Cooper , Chemistry, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
Professor V Falko , Physics, Lancaster University (0.001%)
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Abstract The Royce works across the range of technology readiness levels (TRLs 1-5). With its hub at The University of Manchester, the Institute has spokes at six partner universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. This project aims to capitalise on the original Royce investment through a distributed team of business and research development managers. This resource will drive participation and impact by facilitating a range of activities including community engagement, facilities access and industry training. This project will provide Partners with the resources to establish community-driven networks to ensure that the Royce is aware of, responds to, and serves the needs of these communities.As leaders in their respective core areas, Partners are well placed to exploit their Royce facilities for world-class research through standard research grant and industrial funding mechanisms. The Royce was however established to change the research landscape by fostering new levels of collaboration so as to spread the benefits of the Royce far beyond the recipients of the capital investment. To do this a coordinated approach is required to move away from the ownership of specific kit by individual academics to the concept of integrated 'research supply chains'. These will link together the necessary modelling, fabrication, testing, analysis, and demonstration facilities needed to deliver prototype materials, devices and systems. This integrated 'research supply chain' approach is well suited to challenge-led investments aimed at delivering targeted research outcomes in the UK. For this approach to work in practice, dedicated staff are required who are able to bring together the relevant communities to identify opportunities that should be prioritised and the mechanisms required to link together these facilities. At a more problem-focused level, the intention is to establish a clear 'front door' to Royce to enable industrial partners, ranging from Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to large corporations, to engage with the Institute through direct engagement on a project-by-project basis to solve specific problems. It is also the Royce's ambition to help develop a new generation of highly skilled researchers in advanced materials. To complement our existing plans for PhD/CDT training, here we focus on supporting industry with uptake of new materials, technologies, methods and analysis/modelling techniques. Working with professional bodies and other partners, we plan to set up a series of training activities, workshops, sandpits, awareness meetings and lectures to ensure that UK industry can assess, try out and become proficient in emerging techniques and methods
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