Commercialisation & Proof of Concept Funding

Commercialisation & Proof of Concept Funding

With support from the University's Research and Commercialisation Committee, research commercialisation continues to be a priority.

Research has lead to a succession of Projected funded by Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept awards to develop research technology into products that can be realised and commercialised.

Examples of projects supported by PoC funding:

  • Planar Gunn Diode - To develop a semi-conductor device that produces very high frequency radiation in an affordable way, which can be used to detect skin cancers and could also be applied in a wide range of commercial sectors.
  • Enhancing management of pipeline infrastructure - This Proof of Concept project with Brinker Technology has developed smart technology for detecting and sealing leaks in oil and gas pipelines.
  • Automated data mining using artificial intelligence techniques - Developing technology to allow a data set to be interrogated to automatically determine parameters can describe the conditions or states of the data set.
  • Environment-friendly bonding systems for wood particle composites - The project considers a new binder, for wood particles and chips, tailored to specific board products to optimise performance and ease manufacturing.
  • Increasing the fluid-carrying capacity of ducts, culverts and small streams - The project investigates arrangements of lateral bars added to the bottom and or sides of a channel or conduit to increase the flow capacity of the channel.
  • Prototype development for High Gain DC transformer - The project researches a new method for direct current (DC) power conversion which could be used for subsea power transmission.

Examples of other government funding:

  • POROPTIC - To commercialise an optical device for measuring porosity in rocks with funding from DTI LINK/OSDA (HRH Ltd, Shell, University of Aberdeen).
  • eHoloCam - To produce a second second-generation underwater holographic camera with funding from DTI LINK/OSDA (CDL, University of Aberdeen).
  • Nanotechnology for Sustainable Water Purification - To produce working prototype of a water purification system and demonstrate commercial viability with funding from DTI (Scotoil, Yorkshire Water and OpTIC Technium, University of Aberdeen).
  • Resonance Enhanced Drilling (RED) - a four-year project to develop and commercialise a new drilling system from Scottish Enterprise’s ITI Energy.
  • UK Energetics Consortium - The School's contribution will lead energetics-related research in materials, with funding from MoD (QinetiQ, Cranfield, Imperial College and Cambridge).