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David Willetts announces new Engineering Fellowships for Growth 02.05.14

£13 million awarded to leading researchers across 10 UK universities

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has announced Engineering Fellowships for Growth will be awarded to leading academics at 10 UK universities. The fellowship awards range between £804,000 and £1,250,000 and will fund work over the next five years.

The three areas identified for the fellowships are: Advanced Materials, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Synthetic Biology, all of which correspond to Great British Technologies as defined by Willetts.

The Minister said: “These Fellowships will keep the UK ahead in fields identified as part of the 8 Great Technologies with the potential to propel UK growth. We champion and support our leading academics in these areas to realise our ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to do and apply science.”

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive, added: “To provide opportunities for growth, both scientific and economic, it is vital that the UK has a steady supply of academic talent in the physical sciences and engineering. To do this we must support academics throughout their careers. These Fellowships will mean we are retaining the leaders we need to maintain our position in Synthetic Biology, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Advanced Materials.”

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