CIKC has compiled a report for EPSRC on the impact of our grant funding, summarising the achievements of the Cambridge Integrated Knowledge Centre (CIKC) during its first 6 years. Copies of the report can be downloaded here.
CIKC was formed in January 2007 with £6.65m funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to create a centre of excellence for low temperature, thin-film processing using molecular materials (such as polymers, liquid crystals and nanostructures) for applications in photonics and electronics. CIKC has invested in a portfolio of 6 device technology platforms from which 42 commercially focussed projects were developed in cooperation with 81 industry partners, leveraging a further £19m of research income. This has facilitated the formation of 4 start-up companies and generated 23 patent applications and several licensing agreements. CIKC has supported 237 young researchers with training in entrepreneurship skills. CIKC has also played a pivotal role in policy initiatives, such as the formation of Catapult Centres, aimed at ensuring the UK effectively exploits its world-leading research.
Following the completion of the EPSRC grant, CIKC will continue to facilitate the commercial exploitation of its device technology portfolio and of new research at Cambridge University in its technology field. As part of the European COLAE network, CIKC supports the commercialisation of organic and large-area electronics through provision of appropriate technical and entrepreneurial training and CIKC will lead the newly-announced EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics. The new Centre, scheduled to commence on 1st October 2013, brings together the CIKC with academic centres of excellence in organic materials (Organic Materials Innovation Centre at the University of Manchester), printed electronics (Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating at Swansea University) and plastic electronics (Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College, London) to tackle manufacturing research challenges of critical importance to the emergent industry in the UK.
We welcome enquiries related to any aspect of the report and especially to recent scientific and technical developments in this field emerging from the University of Cambridge.