Durham University could share in Government funding to develop collaborative research with industry
(12 April 2011)
Durham University's research expertise has been recognised today with the offer of a major share in Government funding to develop collaborative research with private industry.
Subject to a formal offer, the University could receive £1,275,000 under the joint funding award to support collaborative research with Procter & Gamble (P&G) involving the University's Departments of Chemistry and Physics and the Biophysical Sciences Institute.
The research will be into surface science, providing technical and scientific expertise to develop more effective home cleaning products.
The offer, under the Government's Regional Growth Fund initiative, could create four PhD studentships and two Post Doctoral Research Associates. It could also provide the first stage of the University's planned Doctoral Training Centre in surface science.
Professor Tom McLeish, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), at Durham University, said: "Durham University is a World Top 100 University with world-leading expertise in a number of research areas.
"This recognises the technical and scientific depth and know-how the University can bring to collaborative research with the benefits this brings to both our commercial partners and to students and staff at the University.
"It also represents investment in the educational and business opportunities available in the North East and illustrates how Durham University plays an integral role in supporting and enhancing the region's economic well-being.
"It also cements a rapidly developing and highly fruitful relationship with Procter & Gamble, which enhances Durham's ambitions in creating long term, mutually beneficial, partnerships with businesses."