Prosperity Partnerships: What Are They?

Prosperity Partnerships, which were announced by Minister for Science Jo Johnson in July 2017, are intended to strengthen the links between the UK’s research base, industry and business partners.


The Prosperity Partnerships initiative will see a total of at least £78 million invested in research projects at 11 universities. Government funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will amount to £31 million, with £36 million from commercial and industrial partner organisations in cash or in kind, and £11 million from the universities themselves.
The 11 projects, which will be led by 10 universities, include development of future networks for digital infrastructure; research into the impact and prevention of corrosion; new technologies for detection and treatment of cancer; and the science of high-performance electrical propulsion. Household names such as Siemens, BP, JaguarLandRover, Babcock International, BT and Unilever have committed to various projects, as have specialist firms like M Squared Lasers, who are leaders in advanced photonics.

11 PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIPS

University of Exeter – QinetiQ Developing new materials and technologies that can control the propagation of electromagnetic (eg. radiated heat, light, radiowaves) and acoustic (sound, vibration, shock) energy in a highly tailored, bespoke fashion, solving real-world problems.


Lancaster University – BT (with Universities of Surrey, Cambridge and Bristol) Developing new data-driven methods and technologies for the resilient, autonomic digital infrastructure of the future.


University of Southampton – Rockley Photonics Developing a new integrated photonics platform for mass markets.


University of St Andrews – M Squared Lasers Developing a new suite of ultra-compact super-resolution microscopes for pathology and disease management.


University of Sheffield – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (with DONG Energy, Durham University and University of Hull) Addressing the challenges of both the current and future generations of wind turbine (WT) technology in such a way that a chain of critical issues regarding availability and reliability of such structures will be explored and solved.


The University of Manchester – Unilever (with Process Systems Enterprises Ltd and STFC Laboratories) Developing a new modelling approach to enable a significant reduction in conventional physical experimentation.

University of Bristol – Thales Designing new processes that guide the engineering of hybrid systems with embedded autonomy.


University of Warwick – Jaguar Land Rover (with Brandauer Holdings Limited, Dynex Semiconductor and ST Microelectronics) Addressing emergent challenges in vehicle electrification through a unique collaboration to grow scientific understanding.


University of Nottingham – Rolls-Royce (with University of Oxford and Imperial College London) Meeting the challenges of high power density mechanical systems under extreme power levels and in safety-critical environments.


The University of Manchester – BP (with Imperial College London, Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Leeds) New insights into the surface degradation of materials under demanding environments by harnessing advances in computer modelling, atomic level experimental techniques, in-operando imaging and characterisation, and by accessing previously untapped in-field data sets.


University of Strathclyde – Babcock International (with EDF Energy, Kinectrics Inc, Bruce Power, The Weir Group BAM Nuttall, Imperial College London, University of Surrey, Cranfield University and The Alan Turing Institute) Advanced inspection techniques, biotechnology solutions for infrastructure repair and engineering application tuned data science will create new products and processes for through-life management and lifetime extension of critical assets.