University to launch Aerospace institute10 December 2010
The University of Nottingham is preparing to launch its new Institute for Aerospace Technology later this month.
The institute has been established with £3.6m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The university will launch the new facility on 14 December. It will drive development of cutting-edge technology in one of the university's key research areas, with the aim of "radically improving" all aspects of air transport.
Funding from ERDF will support a major infrastructure investment, as well as a business engagement and knowledge transfer programme supporting small to medium-sized enterprises in the region.
Professor Andy Long, director of the institute, said: "The Institute for Aerospace Technology provides a strategic focus for our research and knowledge transfer activities, and will enable us to ensure that our world leading basic research is developed and applied to solve some of the key technological challenges faced by the industry."
Nottingham has an extensive research portfolio related to aerospace applications and technologies. Current projects are valued in excess of £35m, including more than £20m in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
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