03 February 2015
03 February 2015
RAPRA, in conjunction with one of its key partners, Pera Technology, hosted a breakfast meeting on the 22nd January for 33 representatives from a diverse range of businesses from across the West Midlands and Marches in the UK.
The breakfast meeting invited delegates to look at the difficulty in accessing appropriate R&D funding is often cited as a barrier to adoption, or commercialisation of new technologies.
Held at the Innovation Campus of the University of Wolverhampton in Telford, UK, the delegates learnt about EU/UK R&D funding opportunities from Marina Roberts, Pera Technology West Midlands Regional Manager and some of the range of technical support available locally from Dr. Mark Barnett, Head of Warwick Scientific Services (WSS).
Steve Shaw, Executive Director at RAPRA, explained how businesses needing an impartial service that links them to the best available technical support, including Pera Technology & WSS, can use the RAPRA Polymer Helpdesk service for free. He added that RAPRA Members really benefit from having much more proactive support throughout their product improvement and new development projects.
As well as the key speakers, RAPRA was pleased to introduce the delegates to two other organisations in its unique Technical Support Network that may be able to assist with R&D funding. Malcolm Harold from the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) reports to Innovate UK, the Government Agency that allocates public R&D funding and Gemma Smith from NetComposites who specialise in research, development, prototyping and testing of innovative composite materials and their associated manufacturing technologies.
According to RAPRA, the delegate feedback unanimously rated the presentations as either Excellent or Good and really valued the information about R&D funding that they gained. They also considered it a very well organised and worthwhile networking event.
Photo provided by Rapra.
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