International Investment Initiative (I3) funding decisions

Research England awarded a total of £3.6 million to eight higher education providers (HEPs) through a competitive scheme.

Awards are allocated over up to five years and must be led by an English HEP with a minimum of one international university or research organisation as a partner.

Eight bids received funding from the i3 fund.

Brunel University London

Bid title

UK and Finland: Research Collaboration for Prosperity and Health

Partner

Tampere University (Finland)

Investment

£343,918

Summary

The award will accelerate the development of a strategic partnership between Brunel and Tampere University in Materials & Manufacturing, Biomedical Engineering, Structural Integrity, Digital Technology, Water Resources and Ageing & Wellness. It will deliver benefits to the UK and Finland in the form of research competitiveness, societal impact and innovation.

Imperial College London

Bid title

Data 4.0: leading the fourth industrial revolution with data-driven technologies

Partners

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France)
Technical University of Munich (Germany)
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Investment

£500,000

Summary

Imperial will establish Data 4.0 clusters in: Mathematical sciences, with France’s CNRS; AI and robotics, with Germany’s Technical University of Munich; Technology and healthcare, with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. Each cluster will develop flagship international studentships, expand academic exchange, accelerate frontier research with seed funding, and launch bespoke doctoral programmes.

Liverpool John Moores University

Bid title

i-CARDIO – International Collaboration Assessing novel health models: A Research Design Intervention Opportunity

Partner

University of Western Australia (Australia)

Investment

£488,829

Summary

The UK faces a growing crisis of physical inactivity and associated disease risk. In Australia “registered exercise professionals” support the healthcare system and have reduced healthcare costs. This system does not exist in the UK, and this award will evaluate healthcare model development in Australia and pathways to changes in the UK.

Loughborough University

Bid title

An International Research Centre to study the effects of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles on Vulnerable Road-Users

Partners

Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia)
Tongji University (China)

Investment

£436,067

Summary

This project will scale up an existing strategic, international collaboration between three world-leading research centres – Loughborough University (UK), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), and Tongji University (China). It will establish a new International Research Centre to study the impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles on vulnerable road users’ safety.

Newcastle University

Bid title

Newcastle University/Monash Academic Track (NUMAcT) scheme

Partner

Monash University (Australia)

Investment

£500,000

Summary

Building on the recently launched and extremely popular NUAcT scheme supporting researchers making the transition to independence, NUMAcT will allow investigators to work in two long-standing partner universities, Newcastle and Monash. The initial focus on drug discovery provides complementary access to world-class facilities, expertise, and bespoke training and mentorship.

University of Birmingham

Bid title

Industrialisation of Energy, Waste and Recycling

Partners

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT, Germany)
Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI, China)

Investment

£499,099

Summary

Investment of £2.6 million, made up of nearly £0.5 million from Research England, and £2.1 million co-investment, over five years will scale up the partnerships between the University of Birmingham, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology, and Jiangsu Industry Technology Research Institute. This three-way multi-country bridge will provide a comprehensive research and innovation pipeline from fundamental research to close-to-market innovation.

University of Brighton

Bid title

3DMed – Anglo Canadian Collaboration on Interface Science for Medical Innovation

Partner

York University (Canada)

Investment

£455,080

Summary

3DMed scales up a well-established strategic collaboration between University of Brighton, UK and York University, Canada. The project will capitalise on the synergy between programmes of excellent research in engineering and biomedicine to develop industrial applications and novel research skills in 3D bio-printing and additive biomedical manufacturing technologies.

University of Hull

Bid title

Building Critical Mass for Palliative Care Research through Collaborative Support, Exchange and Challenge

Partner

University of Technology Sydney (Australia)

Investment

£403,510

Summary

This award will increase the scale and impact of our international collaboration between the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, and the Improving Palliative and Chronic Care Through Clinical Research and Translation group, University Technology Sydney, forming critical mass to drive societal benefit through high-quality palliative care research.

Last updated: 20 October 2021

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