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University builds on European funding success

09 Tachwedd 2007

University academics are already achieving success in the latest round of EU research and technological funding awards, building on the £18M total won in the previous round.

The European Commission launched the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) last December. The University’s Research and Commercial Division has already helped process more than 150 proposals from academic staff, with a potential value of £58.2M.

The FP7 programme is considered strategically important to Cardiff as it provides support for collaborative research on a pan-European and international basis.

Its importance has just been highlighted by a visit to the University by the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik. Commissioner Potočnik is responsible for the Research Directorate-General, which administers the programme, and is a strong advocate of promoting crossover of FP7 and European Structural Funds.

Nick Bodycombe, European Office Manager at the Research and Commercial Division said: "So far, at this early stage in FP7 we know of 10 confirmed projects which are worth £2.4M to the University. A further 13 proposals are through to second stage evaluation, with a total value of £4.5M . Many of the remaining proposals are still being evaluated with the expectation that a significant number of these will also be funded. The most popular areas so far for Cardiff applications include: Information Communication Technologies, Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies and Health."

On his visit, Commissioner Potočnik was shown round the work of the University’s Manufacturing Engineering Centre, which has a large number of European projects, and also met Wendy Sadler, founder of the successful University spin-out science made simple, who was awarded the EU's 2007 Descartes Prize for Science Communication.

Mr Potočnik said: "I'm glad that Cardiff has recognised the importance of building partnerships in science with its partners in Europe and beyond. FP7 will see an increase in funds over its 7 years and I'm sure that Cardiff will be in a position to build on the positive experience of the past to increase its participation in the programme."

In the previous funding round, FP6, researchers covering a majority of the University’s schools won 84 awards worth £18.3M. Successful on-going projects include:

  • Welfare Quality (City and Regional Planning) – the integration of animal welfare into the food quality chain
  • Grace (Medicine) – community-acquired respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis
  • Intune (European Studies, and English, Communication and Philosophy) – changes to the nature of citizenship in the wake of the enlargement of the European Union
  • 4M (Manufacturing Engineering Centre) - Micro- and Nano- Technology (MNT) for the batch-manufacture of micro-components and devices in a variety of materials for future microsystems products

For further information on the FP7 process please contact:

Nick Bodycombe, European Office Manager, Research and Commercial Development – ext: 70171 or (029) 2087 0171 and