Creating commercialisation futures | CCF-RED fund awards to PraxisAuril members announced

Research England has announced the recipients of its CCF-RED fund, the first stage of longer-term investment to drive research commercialisation success.

The original Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) programme targeted more effective research commercialisation and collaboration with business partners. CCF initiatives across the UK demonstrated how universities were willing and able to work together – often in new consortia – to tackle KE challenges in academic disciplines, industry sectors, and research commercialisation itself. Many of those projects and partnerships endure, having made a significant impact on institutional KE missions and practice.

The CCF-RED programme builds on the success of the original Connecting Capability Fund programme but with a shorter-term horizon to address gaps in “essential ingredients to successful commercialisation and business engagement”.(1)

PraxisAuril members are well-aware of such gaps -  whether they are a function of geography, of specific funding, or of lack of emerging industry ‘join up’ – and seized the opportunity to respond creatively and pragmatically to the funding call when it was announced in June this year.

David Russell, PraxisAuril CEO, said:

“KE is a foundation stone of our innovation economy so we’re delighted to see the CCF-RED awards which will help to inform the development of KE practice but also engage new businesses in knowledge exchange. Research commercialisation services are under intense scrutiny right now and I’m delighted that our members have been given the opportunity to propose their own solutions to some enduring challenges.”

Among the funded projects, we are proud to highlight the achievements of our valued members who have been awarded the CCF-RED funding. These institutions include:

  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Lancaster
  • Durham University
  • Leicester University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Southampton
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Kings College London
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Surrey
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Hertfordshire

Fourteen projects have received funding of up to £1.5 million under the CCF-RED call. A list of projects can be found on the UKRI website, along with information on the original funding call.