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EPSRC Reference: EP/K031635/1
Title: Small items of research equipment at Cardiff University
Principal Investigator: Holford, Professor KM
Other Investigators:
Anderson, Dr PI Lynch, Professor SA Williams, Professor OA
Ampatzi, Dr E Kawashita, Dr LF Whatling, Dr G
Lai, Professor Y Cipcigan, Professor LM Brousseau, Professor EB
Lloyd-Evans, Dr E Doyle, Professor SM Theobald, Dr P
Giblin, Professor S Lees, Dr J Hendry, Dr KR
Buckle, Dr PD Burnap, Professor P Pullin, Professor R
Simpson, Dr R Faraldos, Dr J Mart, Dr R
Edwards, Dr J Dewitt, Dr S Ferguson, Dr EL
Canetta, Dr E Young, Dr MT Bigot, Dr S
Clarke, Dr A Read, Dr DE Blain, Dr E
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Department: Sch of Engineering
Organisation: Cardiff University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 November 2012 Ends: 31 March 2013 Value (£): 498,293
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biological & Medicinal Chem. Manufacturing Machine & Plant
Synthetic biology
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Summary on Grant Application Form
Appropriate support for early-career academic researchers is vital for ensuring that they make an appropriate, positive start to their research careers. Provision of items of equipment, even those of modest cost, can have a significant impact upon the scope of the research carried out, at a stage where these individuals are working hard to establish themselves as independent researchers and where it may be relatively hard to acquire funding. Such a boost to research capacity can be of great help in supporting the development of a research track record and also can assist with preliminary data gathering to support applications for larger-scale research projects.

Appropriate staff have been encouraged to explore with their peers within the University opportunities for multiple-discipline use of items of equipment. This serves three purposes: to enhance the research efforts of individuals; to provide opportunities for, and encourage, cross-discipline interaction and collaboration; to greatly increase value for money in respect of new equipment to be purchased, by ensuring that equipment is used as widely as possible, in a range of projects.

Early-career academics whose research falls within one of four themes under EPSRC's remit (nano-fabrication and metrology; engineering of biochemics and chemical reactions; Enhanced interaction with high-end computing resources; physics for life) have indentified equipment that will support their current and planned research, while also being of use to similar researchers across engineering/physical sciences.

This application requests funding to provide such equipment and thereby support those researchers who are the research leaders of the future.

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