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The Connecting Capability Fund (CCF), which was announced in the Government’s Industrial Strategy green paper, supports universities in working together and with external partners to commercialise research, help deliver the Industrial Strategy and share good practice and capacity. It builds on HEFCE’s highly successful Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) programme and on the strength of universities across the country acting as anchors of technology, innovation and growth in their places.
Jo Johnson, Universities and Science Minister, said:
‘The commercialisation of research and stronger working with business forms a key part of our Industrial Strategy, and through the Connecting Capability Fund we are strengthening collaborations between universities and with businesses to enable more ideas to become innovative solutions, boosting the UK economy.
‘By building on our reputation as a pioneering nation, and investing an additional £4.7 billion for research and development, we are making sure that the UK remains one of the best places in the world to innovate, do business and create jobs.’
David Sweeney, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at HEFCE and Executive Chair Designate of Research England, said:
‘I am excited by the ambitious scale of these collaborations, the diversity of their approaches to commercialisation and the opportunity this presents to spread the benefits of research to communities across the country. I look forward to adding to our portfolio of exemplars of collaboration in commercialisation when we announce the second round of CCF next year. Research England, when it comes into being next year, will work with universities to build on the successes of HEIF and CCF to deliver key government priorities.’
Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, and Chair of the CCF steering group, said:
‘Universities have demonstrated their appetite for collaboration and their commitment to excellence in their commercialisation practices in these projects. They are building upon their international research strengths to work intensively in their local areas and with local partners to ensure that all parts of the country benefit. I welcome their support for my review of technology transfer good practice, and their vigour and enthusiasm for supporting wider entrepreneurial culture and capacity in their regions.’
The successful bidders are: