Royal Veterinary College drives research with £5m grant

The Government’s Research England Connecting Capability Fund will help to drive research commercialisation

A consortium led by The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is to receive £4.96 million, of a total £67 million Government investment, awarded through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund (CCF).  

This funding aims to drive the commercialisation of research in universities across the UK. It acknowledges the RVC’s position as a leading institution for pioneering research and knowledge exchange. 

The CCF projects will involve a total of 54 higher education institutions, which will collaborate with more than 120 individual businesses and investors, as well as wider business and investor networks. 

The RVC-led project, entitled ‘The Bloomsbury SET: Connecting Capability to Combat the Threat from Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Resistance’, will focus on the development of low-cost, portable diagnostic tools to counter infectious diseases and increasing resistance to antimicrobials.

In the Industrial Strategy, the Government asked us to improve our ability to turn exciting ideas into commercial products and services. Universities have stepped forward in these projects to show that they can do world class commercialisation, alongside world class science

It will also aim to develop new vaccines for livestock, and to model the spread and persistence of disease in livestock and humans. A key aspect will be to test whether public health interventions in developing countries are acceptable socially, economically and politically – a vital but often overlooked aspect that ultimately determines their success in the real world. 

Dr Ray Kent, Director of Research Administration and CCF Project Lead, said: “This grant from Research England provides an amazing opportunity for the RVC to work with LSE, LSHTM and SOAS to coordinate our knowledge exchange work, to interact with business, investors and Government agencies, and develop further our strategic relationships with overseas partners.”       

David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England, added: “These projects demonstrate the commitment of universities to work together to strengthen the R&D and technological capabilities of the UK, building upon our successful Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). In the Industrial Strategy, the Government asked us to improve our ability to turn exciting ideas into commercial products and services. Universities have stepped forward in these projects to show that they can do world class commercialisation, alongside world class science.”  

“I believe these projects present important innovations that should inform our strategic approach to commercialisation in UK Research and Innovation for the future.”

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