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EPSRC Reference: EP/T025611/1
Title: Queen's University Belfast Core Equipment Call 2019
Principal Investigator: Price, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Taylor, Prof. S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: The Vice Chancellors Office
Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 29 November 2019 Ends: 28 May 2021 Value (£): 150,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Human-Computer Interactions
Plasmas - Laser & Fusion Water Engineering
Wind Power
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 Nov 2019 EPSRC Capital Award for Core Equipment Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Our EPS Research Strategy at Queen's University Belfast is to support the best global talent and this requires state-of-the-art research environment and equipment. Our mission is for our Researchers to gain global recognition in line with our academic strengths and high impact research. Our Strategy, and ongoing Technical Review, outlines plans to enhance facilities and identify gaps in research equipment, with the aim of improving the physical environment and ensuring appropriate resourcing of the elements of our reshaped research portfolio and capital investment. This equipment meets both the underpinning multi-user equipment and Invest to Save categories as follows: a new CCD x-ray cluster will under-pin research activities across a broad range of plasma research and support the research of several potential users within the Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP). This will support current EPSRC funded activities in laboratory astrophysics and Warm Dense Matter and future research activities in other areas employing laser-driven plasmas. A new motion capture cameras and associated auxiliary technology will benefit anyone using technology to improve performance in different skill-based domains, ranging from the low end, e.g. regaining basic functions in a rehabilitation context related to our ageing population, to the high end e.g. skill optimisation in expert athletes or workers. Our SiMLab has recently been widened as a multidisciplinary/cross-faculty facility for all forms of behavioural measurement, including support to our EPSRC 'Inclusion really does matter' award. The Photovoltaic system and wind power plant emulator underpin EPSRC's growing research area of Energy Storage and the Energy Theme sub-themes of Renewable Energy and Power Networks and Storage. Both items are particularly relevant to a current EPSRC DTP in "Energy storage in the

distribution system to reduce constraint and curtailment of renewables" and align with our Pioneering Research Programme in Energy. The Subsurface Image Capture System (SICS), will be multi-use equipment. Within the School of Natural and Built Environment, Civil Engineering leads research into geotechnical and geohydrological processes and this research is supplemented by cross disciplinary input from School colleagues within Physical Geography. The "Water and Energy Resources Group" continues to expand its work on saline intrusion in aquifers, and the EPSRC funded consortium and others it leads with Imperial College London, University College Dublin and Brunel University is establishing projects with the universities in the USA and with universities in the ODA countries of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Vietnam for GCRF calls. This equipment will be open access on our PURE system and can be accessed through the lead academics.

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