Professor Hitchings is one of 5 UK-based scientists who were selected for additional EU grants to help them bring their research to market.
Helen Mary Gilbert, Royal Holloway and Bedford College, focused on performing arts (like theatre, film and dance) to decipher how indigeneity is expressed in the globalised modern world.
Steven Patrick Nolan, The University Court of St Andrews University, also looked into catalysis processes with potential applications for the production of polymers and fine chemicals or for application in the pharmaceutical industry.
Neil Hunt, Strathclyde University, explored the basic mechanisms of how biological molecules react and change structure.
Mandayam Srinivasan, University College London, research aimed to design robots that will enable a user to explore, manipulate and assemble minuscule objects.
The top-up EU grants – Proof of Concept – provide up to GBP 128,000 (Euro 150,000) over one year to bridge the gap between core research and its market applications. They can be used for things like intellectual property rights, technical validation of results or for investigating the commercial and business applications.