WORIC awarded £90k A4B funding

December 3, 2013

The Wireless and Optoelectronics Research and Innovation Centre (WORIC) in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, headed by Prof Nigel Copner, has been awarded £90k A4B grant by Welsh Government to work with industry to develop an innovative all-optical switch technology.

The project will address a critical need in next generation communication networks and support the University’s vision to provide research-informed innovation and business engagement.

The Knowledge Transfer Team at the University’s Commercial Services Office (CSO) supported Prof. Copner and his team to develop the commercial case for the technology, protect the intellectual property (IP), identify industry partners and secure A4B Proof of Concept funding to demonstrate the technology. The project will enable the University to seek further funding for a larger collaborative project and enhance Wales’ position as a key innovator in high value added products and gain national and international interest.

The University creates a wealth of intellectual property from its research activities including innovative technology and processes, copyright, design rights, database rights, and know-how which may be of interest to businesses. Commercialising the outcomes of research can bring a number of benefits including: demonstrating impact from research; benefiting the wider community; contributing to the regional economy and culture; increasing potential for income generation and further research opportunities; strengthening the reputation of the inventor, Faculty and the University.

The Knowledge Transfer Team has developed an online resource for staff to raise awareness of IP, the benefits of commercialising research and the support available. Further information can be found on the Research Support pages on the University website here.


Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) is a programme of support funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Structural Funds which provides funding support for knowledge transfer from academia to business. The funding programme aims to accelerate economy growth and maximise the impact of academia through technology transfer and the creation of a stronger science, engineering and technology base.

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