The application period is now open for the 2017 Armourers & Brasiers Materials Science Venture Prize.
The prize is worth £25,000 in the form of an investment and is awarded to take forward the commercialisation of innovative research in Materials Science.
This is the tenth year of the competition. Previous successful projects reflect the broad range of research in Materials Science and include biomaterials, ceramics, conductive materials and protective coatings. In many cases the award of the prize has helped to attract additional funds from other investors very promptly. The prize has been awarded to projects originating from the following universities: Cambridge, Liverpool, UCL, Sheffield Hallam, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, Aberdeen, Bristol and Swansea. More information about previous winners is available on the website.
Applications are invited from UK-based scientists and should be submitted on the Venture Prize Application Form by 24th March 2017.
Please click on this link for more information about the objectives of the prize and to download the application form.
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The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is conducting a short survey to understand the opportunities available for PhD students and early career researchers to learn about managing intellectual property (IP).
It is anitipated that the results of the survey will highlight best practice as well as identify any skills and knowledge gaps. This will help to inform the development of any future activities or programmes to support IP management in knowledge exchange and commercialisation.
The IPO are interested in receiving responses from a broad range of stakeholders and are particularly keen to hear from PhD students, early career researchers, academics and professionals involved in knowledge exchange, commercialisation and PhD training.
The survey is completely voluntary, and all information will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
To complete the survey please click on the following link: https://response.questback.com/intellectualpropertyoffice/ipsurvey.
The survey will close on Wednesday 31 August.
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