Editorial

Advanced tech public-private ‘Prosperity Partnerships’ unveiled

Set of 5-year partnerships announced supported with almost £18 million government funding, nearly £18 million from industry partners, and £4 million from universities

Posted 22 October 2019 by

The government is deepening its relationship with the tech sector in the shape of a new tranche of its so-say public sector-private sector ‘Prosperity Partnerships‘.

Specifically, that’s in the shape of six new collaborations backed by a total of £40 million government, industry and university investment into projects that aim to “transform the way people live, work and travel”.

‘Graduate’ by Edward Langley on Flickr

Announced as part of yesterday’s major initiative on further national cybersecurity protection measures, the idea is to further support existing strategic, research-based collaborations between business and universities to deliver societal and economic impact.

Hence a set of 5-year partnerships announced today that are supported with almost £18 million government funding, nearly £18 million from industry partners, and £4 million from universities.

Delivered by UKRI, major industry leaders, including Jaguar Land Rover, Eli Lilly and Company, Toshiba Research Europe, Microsoft, M Squared Lasers, Siemens and Nikon will team up with world-renowned universities and academics to help develop the technologies of the future.

To date, 29 partnerships have received £195 million from the government, industry and universities, the government notes, before drawing attention to new ones that include

Toshiba Research Europe, University of Bristol and GCHQ will develop more resilient wireless networks through new techniques to detect future threats and mitigate their effects – including financial extortion, terrorism and damaging or destroying established systems

Commenting on the announcement, Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN) Academic Lead Professor Mark Beach of the University of Bristol pointed out how, “The wireless networks that underpin so much of modern life are increasingly vulnerable to both cyber-attacks and other induced failures.

“This partnership aims to develop secure wireless networks that are resilient to these threats, protecting individuals, businesses and society at large through Secure by Design methodologies.”

Other projects include significantly reducing the time and cost of producing new drugs, speeding up new treatments for a range of conditions and developing the next generation of cleaner, low-emission hybrid vehicles.

So far, 29 partnerships have received £195 million from the government, industry and British universities.