Brunel attracts £19m

Brunel University London has received over £19m from the EU’s Horizon 2020 project since 2014, new figures released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reveal.

In total, between 2014 and 2018 the university participated in 38 Horizon 2020 projects and was awarded £19m in funding – the 36th highest total for any UK university.

Brunel say the funding has allowed them to be at the forefront of major European research projects, such as the recently launched RECO2ST project, which aims to develop a ‘Retrofit Kit’ that can be used to reduce energy consumption by 60-95% in renovated buildings.

Brunel is also a major partner in the TDX-ASSIST project, a £4m Horizon 2020 programme run alongside the likes of EDF Energy, which seeks to remodel the control systems that underpin Europe’s power networks.

Professor Geoff Rodgers, Brunel’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), said: “This is a great result, showing that the quality of ideas and proposals coming from our researchers is getting better year by year.

“As a result, we are winning a larger share of the funding in Horizon 2020 than under the previous EU Framework, with all the benefits that brings to our research culture, environment and outputs.”

Horizon 2020, which is due to run for another two years, is the EU’s €80bn flagship programme for research and innovation funding. Under the scheme, any organisation can apply for funding to support their research activities.

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