Over the past few years it has become abundantly clear that there is a wealth of expertise and facilities within PSSRI which is in great demand from many organisations - operating well beyond the traditional space-based activity that has traditionally been the focus of our principle research activity. PSSRI is keen to develop this interest - particularly in the following areas:
- Technology Transfer from Space Missions
- Utilisation of World Class Analytical Equipment
- Infusion of commercial technology for future planetary exploration
The department currently has over 50 agreements with government departments and agencies, academic institutions, not-for-profit organisations and international/national commercial companies. Many of these agreements have already resulted in collaborative research projects with significant funding from the external partners. Such projects have included matched-funded PhD studentships, which give the student an industrial perspective to their academic studies, and straight contract research and contract services opportunities.
One of PSSRI’s strategic aims is to explore all avenues for Third Mission funding (e.g. consultancy and contract research) and it works closely with the Innovation and Enterprise Office to ensure that the University’s portfolio of Intellectual Property is managed and exploited appropriately. Working closely with the Research Councils (in particular STFC and EPSRC) and Charitable Organisations (e.g. The Wellcome Trust) the institute is capitalising on the opportunities to engage fully in Knowledge Exchange to UK industry.
Dr Morgan is a London Technology Network Business Fellow and facilitates many of the translation activities within the institute.
Dr. Barber is a recently appointed Medici Fellow with a brief to promote awareness and expertise of knowledge transfer and to foster an entrepreneurial culture within PSSRI.