This year's 1851 Royal Commission fellows, with David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

Industrial fellowships support research engineers

Eight scientists and engineers have each been awarded £80,000 worth of funding by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Using the profits from the first ever world trade fair, the 1851 Royal Commission now awards a range of fellowships and grants to support science and engineering research and industrial education across the UK.

Since they were established in 1990, the industrial fellowships have supported over 180 scientists and engineers and the commission counts 12 Nobel prize winners amongst its alumni, including recent winner Peter Higgs.

The industrial fellowships provide recent graduates with the means to develop innovative technology with commercial potential, ideally leading to a patent, while completing a PhD or EngD. Each fellow receives £80,000 worth of funding for their work, to be carried out in collaboration with an academic and a business partner.

This year’s fellows include Campbell Brown, who is working with Sharp Laboratories and University of Southampton to develop a ‘Laboratory on a chip’ for a wide variety of applications including detecting antibiotic resistant infections. Fellow winner Jethro Coulson is working with Renishaw and the University of Nottingham on a technique for measuring metal components at a microscopic level to maximise their efficiency, particularly within the aerospace industry.

James Dimmock has been selected as this year’s ERA Foundation fellow, an award for a candidate from the electro-technology sector made possible by a generous donation from the ERA Foundation. He is working with Sharp Laboratories and Imperial College London to develop high efficiency solar cells.

Applications for the 2014 industrial fellowships are now open for entry. The final deadline for applications is 23 January 2014.

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