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Reviewed 9 March 2011

Minister gives boost to universities and colleges sharing research and innovation

Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox gave a boost to universities and colleges today by awarding over £500,000 to help them share their research and innovation.

The 2011 Fast Forward Competition rewards institutions working with business and the local community to create new companies or services to the benefit of the economy and society. Winning projects receive an award from the Intellectual Property Office to support future work.

The competition was open to UK universities, higher education colleges and Public Sector Research Establishments, and received 70 entries.

The winners of the 2011 Fast Forward Competition are:

  • Design for Technology Transfer - University of Nottingham in partnership with the Design Council - £100,000
  • Protecting the Fashion Economy - London College of Fashion - £80,000
  • Easy Access Innovation Partnership - University of Glasgow in partnership with King’s College London and the University of Bristol - £80,000
  • Pump-priming the Harwell Oxford knowledge transfer ecosystem - MRC Harwell - £75,000
  • South East IP Bank (SEIPB) - University of Surrey - £75,000
  • E-Lucid - University College London - £60,000
  • A model for the rapid commercialisation of university software - effective use of copyright and trade marks - Aberystwyth University - £30,000
  • Innovating in social enterprises to benefit business and community - Social Innovation in Business Partnership (SIIB), University of the West of England -£25,000
  • Hagen - Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS), University of Oxford - £20,000
  • Driving Innovation from Bench to the Bedside - Leicester BioMed Collaboration, University of Leicester - £17,000

Announcing the successful projects, Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox said:

“Through interactions with industry, charities and government, UK institutions are creating new companies, improving public services and attracting foreign investment. This is an essential driver of economic growth and prosperity.

“This competition recognises those making the breakthroughs that make a real difference to people - life-changing ideas, technologies that create thousands of jobs and innovations that will be remembered for years to come.”

The 2011 Fast Forward Competition is funded by the Intellectual Property Office. The entries were judged by a panel of intellectual property experts with backgrounds in science, research and higher education.

Notes to editors

  • The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is within the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights, comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
  • Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge-based economy.
  • It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to Intellectual Property (IP) to which the United Kingdom is a party.
  • Competition details can be found on the IPO website.
  • For further information, please contact IPO press officer Emma Griffiths on 020 7215 5982 or e-mail communications.

Date of release: 9 March 2011