£700k for universities partnership

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A PARTNERSHIP between Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh universities has been awarded the second largest sum to date from a fund dedicated to turning scientific ideas into reality.

The award of £700,000 from the Medical Research Council (MRC)’s new Biomedical Catalyst programme was announced at the British Business Embassy’s life sciences summit. The MRC “Confidence in Concept” awards totals £7.4 million and will give universities grants to help them progress more promising research ideas towards clinical testing.

Professor Alan Miller, Heriot-Watt deputy principal for research and knowledge transfer, said: “This is another great example of collaboration between ourselves and Edinburgh University, in this case not only between institutions but across disciplines, to the benefit of both universities and of the wider community.”