Pathfinder projects were small feasibility projects that were funded for 6 months with a budget of £50,000 and are intended to develop a proposal for a significant new research programme in LAE manufacturing or facilitate industry collaboration by establishing the technical feasibility of an ambitious new concept. Project activity is expected to leverage new funding and attract industrial support.
The Objectives of the Pathfinder projects are:
- To broaden the EPSRC Centre’s research portfolio, increase the number of its collaborators and promote technology transfer to and collaboration with industry
- To pump prime new research collaborations and facilitate larger scale collaborative projects leading to significant new funding involving the EPSRC Centre
The Pathfinder programme was initiated in 2015 with 5 projects, and a second call was made in the Spring of 2016 which resulted in the selection of a 4 further projects. The Pathfinder programme has introduced 9 new academics to the EPSRC Centre programme, 4 new universities and 15 industrial partners.