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  • Funding advice and support

    Funding advice and support

    Providing advice and support on applying for grants and funding.

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  • HEPTech

    HEPTech

    HEPTech is made up of major research institutions active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics. It has a membership of 23 institutions across 16 countries, including most of the CERN member states.

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  • ACCELERATE

    ACCELERATE

    ACCELERATE is a Horizon 2020 project, supporting the long-term sustainability of large scale research infrastructures (RIs) through the development of policies and legal...

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  • Action To Support Photonic Innovation Clusters In Europe

    Action To Support Photonic Innovation Clusters In Europe

    ASPICE promotes international cooperation among Photonic Clusters throughout Europe, strengthening the European economy and addressing societal challenges…

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  • Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group

    Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group

    Energy Harvesting is a means of powering electronic devices by ‘scavenging’ energy sources such as environmental vibrations, human power, thermal gradients, or pressure gradients…

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  • Internet Of Things Special Interest Group

    Internet Of Things Special Interest Group

    The Internet of Things Special Interest Group aims to provide a forum for the promotion of business ideas and opportunities on the Internet of Things…

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What We Do

Funding advice and support

We have years of experience assessing and advising on grant funding submissions. We are putting that experience to good use, and are offering our services to help you write more successful applications for grant funding.

Not sure what funding there might be for your company? Have a chat with us and we can put together a proposal of options available for you. There’s no commitment at this stage; if you decide you need support to then take the next step and apply for the funding, we can help you.

We can also run masterclasses on applying for funding, giving you and your teams hints and tips that will make your applications more successful.

HEPTech

The aim of the high-energy physics technology-transfer network – HEPTech – is to bring together leading European high-energy physics research institutions so as to provide academics and industry with a single point of access to the skills, capabilities, technologies and R&D opportunities of the high-energy physics community in a highly collaborative open-science environment. As a source of technology excellence and innovation, the network bridges the gap between researchers and industry, and accelerates the industrial process for the benefit of the global economy and wider society.

HEPTech is made up of major research institutions active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics. It has a membership of 23 institutions across 16 countries, including most of the CERN member states.

ESP Central is responsible for the day-to-day running of the network on behalf of CERN, as well as organising the various events held each year for the network.

More details about HEPTech can be found here: http://cerncourier.com/cws/article/cern/60581

ACCELERATE

ACCELERATE is a Horizon 2020 project, supporting the long-term sustainability of large scale research infrastructures (RIs) through the development of policies and legal and administrative tools for a more effective management and operation of RIs, with a special focus on ERICs and CERIC in particular.

To help secure RIs’ sustainability, relevance and effectiveness, the project develops frameworks to improve the offer of tailored services to private and public entities, ensuring outreach to new scientific and industrial communities worldwide and defining common protocols for monitoring and assessing RIs’ socio-economic impact. Finally, a major focus on capacity building will develop current and future RIs’ staff competences.

Together with the RIs’ partners CERIC will also carry out several intense courses for the development of future RIs’ managerial, IL and TT staff.

The project is carried out while maintaining vigorous communication with research and industrial communities, policy makers, EC administration and other RIs’ stakeholders.

ESP’s main role in this project is to use their knowledge and experience to arrange a number of events to bring industrialists into contact with the RIs, ensuring the benefits of ERICs and CERIC become better known.

Action to Support Photonic Innovation Clusters in Europe – ASPICE esp carousel banner photonic innovation

The need for on-going international cooperation among Photonic Clusters is pivotal in increasing their overall effectiveness in promoting research and innovation, strengthening the European economy and addressing societal challenges. ASPICE seeks to succeed in this goal by achieving specific objectives including the development of a reference guide of good practices, profiling of the value/supply chains in specific highly innovative domains, and supporting cooperation and collaboration between relevant stakeholders. Particular emphasis will be given in profiling and leveraging the value/supply chains in two societal challenges where photonics technology will be a key solution provider, namely ‘Healthcare in an Aging Society’ and ‘Safety and security for Europe’s citizens’. Furthermore, ASPICE will actively engage cluster and platform representatives and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the ‘translation’ of the reference guide and the value/supply chain profiles into actionable plans for embedding the more suitable practices into the programmes of Europe’s Photonic Clusters.

Electronics, Sensors, Photonic Knowledge Transfer Network – ESP KTN

Join the UK’s fastest growing ESP network

ESP KTN spans the technologies underpinning devices, tools and technologies that are taken for granted today—and that will be taken for granted tomorrow.

ESP is committed to connecting people who don’t usually meet because that’s where the magic happens. Whether this means farmers talking to sensors specialists about sustainable agriculture; or materials scientists talking to laser scientists about 3D printing—we exist to put innovation into practical use.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group ESP Work Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Currently much of the required capability in this area is fragmented across universities and companies, and across market sectors, though it is world-class in many aspects. In order to create a vision for an emerging industrial RAS sector in the UK and to identify the programmes needed to realise it, an integrated community of entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and potential end users is needed. The SIG will support the development of such a community, using existing Knowledge Transfer Network infrastructure, and to enable the relevant knowledge to be shared more readily.

Smart DC Special Interest Group

Smart DC: Sensible use of Power

Join us in making a BIG difference.

How many mains adaptors do you have? Not just the obvious ones, but if you look around your home and consider how many of your devices actually use low voltage DC, there’s more than you think.

With local DC power generation, can we do better? What are the implications for the GRID, and for the building industry?

This is not just a green issue, or a convenience issue: it is going to become a critical issue. From 2015 UK power generation capacity will be reducing as power stations are taken off grid, with no plans yet for how they will be replaced.

Internet of Things Special Interest Group

The Internet of Things Special Interest Group aims to provide a forum for the promotion of business ideas and opportunities on the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (or IoT) describes the revolution already under way that is seeing a growing number of internet-enabled devices that can network and communicate with each other and with other web-enabled gadgets.

Connected Digital Economy Special Interest Group ESP Work Catapult Logo

The main forum for engagement and discussions with businesses and academics and other stakeholders  interested in the establishment of the Connected Digital Economy (CDE) Catapult. The aim of the Catapult is to position the UK to lead in the introduction of radically new applications, services and experiences across the increasing breadth of the internet economy.

ESP is working with the ICT and Creative Industries KTNs to conduct large scale consultation exercises across disparate communities in order to publish advice on the key strategic priorities of the Catapult, and provide input to the Catapult’s business plan on technical priorities.

Energy Harvesting Special Interest Group esp carousel banner energy harvesting

Energy Harvesting is a means of powering electronic devices by scavenging many low-grade ambient, or “wasted” energy sources such as environmental vibrations, human power, thermal gradients, or pressure gradients, and their conversion into useable electrical energy. Energy harvesting devices are therefore potentially attractive as replacements for primary batteries in low power applications.

Along with building a supply chain community for energy harvesting, the SIG is advising the Technology Strategy Board on programme scope, and is running brokering activities to build R&D partnerships.

Energy Efficient Computing Special Interest Group ESP Work Energy Efficient Computing

Digital systems are already responsible for a significant demand for power. On a large scale, data centres already consume about 3% of the World’s electricity. On a small scale, there is a pressing need to increase compute-effectiveness per Watt in mobile devices. To address these opportunities, the EEC SIG needs to connect a diverse range of challenges ranging from the design of novel computing architectures to the development of energy-aware software techniques.

Forensic Science Special Interest Group ESP Work Forensic Science

This special interest group was called for in the output from the Silverman review of forensic science in the UK. As with other domains, funding is scarce, yet the needs for forensic technologies continues to grow. Hence, the FoSci SIG will be working to improve communication between users, academia and industry in terms of identifying future requirements and informing direction for research and development.

The SIG is sponsored by the National Policing Improvement Agency, Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Forensic Science Society.

Innovation and Implementation Strategy Photonics21 – InnoPho21 esp carousel banner innopho 21

Innopho21 is an EU-wide collaboration across photonics clustering organisations with ESP representing the UK. Photonics is seen as a ‘Key Enabling Technology’ by the EU and the sector is set to receive considerable research investment out of the Horizon 2020 programme. The purpose of Innopho21 is to inform and drive the EU agenda for strategic innovation and investment in photonics and enhance cross-EU collaborations: connecting industry and academia across Europe.