GCU EU projects expert highlights funding opportunities

13 May 2014

Mark Anderson, GCU

Mark Anderson, GCU

Mark Anderson, Director of the European Office at Glasgow Caledonian University, will be presenting his expertise at Accessing European Funding in Scotland, a conference discussing the significant new EU funding opportunities available.

The European Commission is the largest single funder of research, innovation and student exchange in the world. It offers opportunities for collaborations not only with other European Partners but also with partners outside Europe. Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)’s Europe Office aims to exploit these opportunities to access EU funding and forge strategic partnerships with universities, businesses and other organisations within the UK and across the globe.

Horizon 2020 is a new funding programme for research and innovation has been introduced by the European Commission with a budget of just over 70 billion euros. The European Commission has also launched Erasmus+ a funding scheme which consolidates all the current EU and international programmes for education, vocational training, youth and sport, under one banner.

Accessing European Funding in Scotland will take place on Wednesday, 4th June, at Thistle Glasgow Hotel. It is chaired by Ian Hill, who has worked in the world of EU funding since 1995, with a particular interest in mainstream ERDF, INTERREG and other Regional Development Programmes.

GCU has significant success in attracting EU funding. Projects include A-FOOTPRINT, a joint research and innovation initiative led by Glasgow Caledonian University, with the objective to develop novel ankle/foot and foot orthoses for common disabling conditions which are cost effective, high-speed to market, and personalised for form and function.

ProFouND is an EU funded Thematic Network focusing on the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe, using novel ICT solutions. ProFouND brings together 21 partners from 12 countries, including GCU, and with associate members from 10 countries.

noPILLS is an EU project led by GCU, to reduce the pollution in waters from pharmaceutical residues. This can partly be achieved by technical measures, but primarily by reducing the input of medical components in waste water, by changing consumers’ behaviour, by sustainable disposal of unused medicine and possibly accompanied by technological innovations.

GCU has recently been awarded EU funding to lead one of Europe’s largest ever investigations into the diagnosis and treatment of knee osteoarthritis, a painful condition which affects around 500,000 people in Scotland, including one in five people over the age of 50.

The €4.2m (£3.6m) KNEEMO project will see the development of new methods to diagnose, treat, or even prevent the disease from developing among those who are particularly at risk.

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