University of Edinburgh: Record-breaking year gives Edinburgh research edge
Figures just released show that the University was awarded £250 million to fund its research in 2011/12, 37 per cent more than the £183 million received in 2010/11.
The amount is a record for any Scottish university, beating the £249 million earned by Edinburgh in 2008/09.
The investment – won in competition with other universities and research centres – supports work across a range of disciplines, including medicine, veterinary medicine, science, engineering and the humanities.
The awards are made from a variety of sources, including government, industry, commerce and charities. The largest award was £12.6 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to the University’s UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre.
In 2011/12, University of Edinburgh staff or students created a total of 35 new companies, the same number as in 2010/11. The firms include EoSurgical, a medical student start-up company that designs and manufactures training tools for surgeons to improve their operating skills. The company has won numerous entrepreneurship awards.
Edinburgh filed 62 patents to protect new inventions by research staff, and a total of 51 licence agreements to allow commercial use of technologies developed on campus.
Derek Waddell, CEO of Edinburgh Research and Innovation, the University’s research and commercialisation office, said: “These record figures again show the strength and depth of the University’s research excellence, as we continue to maintain our position as one of the leading research universities in the United Kingdom. They demonstrate the vital role we play in helping to foster growth in the nation’s economy as we transfer academic knowledge, skills, expertise and intellectual property into the wider community.”
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