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Principal’s Innovation Awards winners announced

Seven research projects with transformative potential have been named as the first winners of the inaugural Principal’s Innovation Awards.

Each research team will receive £10,000 to develop their idea further.

The winning teams’ proposals range from microlasers for medical diagnostics, to using artificial intelligence to boost crop performance, to greener synthesis of industrial chemicals.

A full list of winners can be found on the Edinburgh Innovations website.

Proof-of-concept projects

The awards were established in May 2020 and support proof-of-concept work to help develop new potentially transformative projects.

The award is open to all research staff and is designed to enable researchers to develop innovative ideas into ambitious, large-scale research proposals.

These seven innovative project proposals show real ambition and creativity, of the kind that can tackle today’s big challenges. I congratulate all the winners and look forward to seeing the projects’ progress.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor

Edinburgh Innovations

The awards were coordinated by Edinburgh Innovations, the University’s commercialisation service, whose support for staff includes help to access funding streams, working with the College Deans of Research and Edinburgh Research Office.

Excellent proposals have emerged in response to the competition, reflecting the power of Edinburgh’s researchers to have real impact, at a time when innovation is more important than ever.

Dr George BaxterChief Executive Officer, Edinburgh Innovations

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