IKT Glasgow Networking Event – Internationalisation of Knowledge Transfer

The Institute of Knowledge Transfer (IKT) Regional Networking Event ‘Internationalisation of Knowledge Transfer’ is being hosted by Mark Anderson, Glasgow Caledonian University’s Head of European Programmes.

Taking place at Glasgow’s Corinthian Club at 6pm on the 5th May 2011, the event will include a talk from Isabell Majewsky from Go Group and a chance to network over refreshments and a buffet.

GCU has several EU projects underway in sectors including engineering, sustainability and innovation, and can help businesses network within the European community and access EU funding.kickstart 2

The Go Group is one of Scotland’s leading business support organisations, focusing on how to start-up and grow companies by encouraging innovation and developing people and skills.

To register for this free Glasgow networking event, click on  http://iktglasgownetworking.eventbrite.com

GCU nominated for two KTP Scotland Awards

GLASGOW Caledonian University has been nominated for two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scotland Awards.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. Glasgow Caledonian University’s work with Rawlplug Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of specialist anchoring and fixing systems used in construction, industry and retail markets, has been formally rated as outstanding by independent assessors as part of the KTP programme.

Lead academic on the project was Dr Bruce Wood of the School of Engineering and Computing, who oversaw a KTP project working with Mary Maclachlan involving finite element analysis and optimisation in fixture design. This KTP project was the third with Rawlplug, which previously worked with Glasgow Caledonian University to establish a new system for product design and development and implement a new CAD system.

In Caledonian Business School, the first KTP in Scotland on human resource management, led by Dr Gill Maxwell and Morag McLean of the Department of Management, has also been nominated for a KTP Scotland Award. The KTP with Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd (IES) was formally rated as very good, the second highest category of rating, and was completed early this year. With GCU’s expert advice on HRM, IES now has an HR specialist in its Glasgow head office and a firm basis for developing HR strategy and practices to actively support rapid and on-going international expansion.

The KTP Scotland Awards takes place in February at the Doubletree Dunblane Hydro in Perthshire. For more information on either project or working with Glasgow Caledonian University on a KTP project, please contact Knowledge Transfer Manager Janette McAlpine on 0141 331 8877.

SFC issues new £4m call for Horizon Fund proposals

The Scottish Funding Council has issued a new call for proposals to its Horizon Fund for knowledge exchange proposals addressing the needs of Scottish industry.

Resources available for projects in the latest call will be approximately £4m per annum for saltirethree years.

This year the call will focus on the key sectors identified in the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy, including the creative industries (including digital content and technologies); energy; financial and business services; food and drink (including agriculture and fisheries);  life sciences (including biotechnology and translational medicine); and tourism.

The SFC is keen to receive proposals for projects that involve Scottish small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Proposals are to be submitted by Universities by 17th September 2010.

Glasgow Caledonian University has also benefited from this year’s Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Voucher Scheme, which aids first links between Scottish universities and SMEs. This year, GCU received funding for six proposals, worth over £48,500.

The scheme, administered by Interface, provides funding of up to £5,000 to universities for projects with Scottish SMEs. SMEs contribute a matching value of cash, staff time or access to facilities. The funding can be used for a broad range of collaborative activities including developing new products and services, improved production processes or experimental testing and measuring.

For more information on how your business could work with Glasgow Caledonian University, contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or visit www.gcu.ac.uk/business

Innovation Voucher partnerships underway with SMEs

The Scottish Funding Council made an award of funding to Glasgow Caledonian University to directly support collaboration between Scottish small and medium sized enterprises and higher education institutions.

The Innovation Voucher Scheme is supported by the new SFC funding stream Strategic Priority Investments in Research and Innovation Translation (SPIRIT) and offers each higher education institution funding to meet up to 50% of the costs of one or more new collaborations with Scottish SMEs.

Glasgow Caledonian University is working on projects with Oak Tree Inn, Q&Q Foods, William Latto & Son and Cordale Housing through Caledonian Business School and the School of the Built and Natural Environment.

To find out more about Innovation Vouchers or business development funding, call 0141 331 3189.