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UK biggest recipient of extra EU-funding for bringing innovative research to market
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Seven UK-based researchers will get additional EU funding to bring their basic research to market. The grants – under the "Proof of Concept" scheme – are worth up to GBP 120 000 (Euro 150 000) each and cover activities such as establishing intellectual property rights, technical validation or market research. They also support researchers to investigate commercial and business opportunities.

    UK biggest recipient of extra EU-funding for bringing innovative research to market

    For example, the work of Dr Kyle Jamieson from University College London looks into providing a location service that would match in-doors the reliability of GPS outdoors and with better precision. The results of this research could in practice improve in-building navigation by allowing to position palettes within centimetres of accuracy or by improving Wi-Fi connectivity in a densely populated area when too many devices are switched to the network.

    Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "In order for Europe to stay competitive we have to bring more of our best ideas to market.  The Proof of Concept scheme means that ERC grant holders can maximise the potential of their discoveries.  This is good for them and their teams, and it is good for the European economy."

    The other UK-based projects cover a wide range of areas – from the development of synthetic silk to materials for solar cells or metal-containing therapeutic agents – and the recipients are based in universities across the UK (Oxford, Cambridge, Surrey, Nottingham, Warwick).

    The Proof of Concept scheme will top-up funding for 33 projects across the EU. With seven successful applications the UK has the highest number of grantees under it, followed by Germany (5) and the Netherlands (4). All the projects already receive funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for the research itself.


    Dr Kyle Jamieson is available for interviews. Please contact the London Press Office

    SmartTap: Providing a centimetre-accurate indoor location service
    WiFi networks have increasingly grown in recent years with handheld smartphones, tablets and laptops being part of our everyday lives. Dr Kyle Jamieson, who was awarded a Starting grant in 2011, is working on ways of improving the localisation services such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), which often fails to function indoors. Thanks to a PoC grant, his team will seek the marketability of an indoor location system called SmartTap that uses innovative techniques to make wireless coverage more robust in buildings such as retail stores. His objective is to reach centimetre-level indoor localisation accuracy with millisecond responsiveness, far better than what is currently available within the existing access point infrastructure. Concrete applications could prove very useful for augmented reality and for in-building navigation systems. Another aspect of his work is to look at the development of chaotic, i.e. unplanned wireless networks and solutions to improve wireless access to the Internet. When clients set up too many wireless access points in a densely-populated area, the resulted interference can lower down their overall connectivity. Part of his research is about mitigating these unpredictable interferences.

    Researcher: Dr Kyle Jamieson
    Host institution: University College London, UK
    Project's title: Tapping 802.11 Access Point Infrastructure for Fine-Grained Indoor Location (ERC Starting Grant 2011: Building Scalable, Secure, and Reliable "Chaotic" Wireless Networks (CHAOSNETS))


    The Proof of Concept scheme was launched in March 2011 with a total budget of GBP 8 million (Euro 10 million). It was divided in two rounds with a deadline for applications for the second one of 3 October 2012.  Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research. It has a total budget of GBP 6 billion (Euro 7.5 billion) from 2007 to 2013.

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.
    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

    Last update: 05/09/2012  |Top