The University of Brighton is celebrating the conclusion of a European research initiative that netted the university more than €6 million in grants.
INTERREG IV, which funds economic and social cohesion projects throughout the EU, closes at the end of this year and since its launch in 2007 the university has won €6.2m for 15 multi-disciplinary projects across the university, all of which have involved collaborative working with academic teams in France.
The university has been lead partner for six projects covering economic and social areas, including two projects worth €7.9m that explored methods of improving water quality, involving partners throughout Southern England and Northern France. Another was Bridge which focused on developing new bio-materials for wound healing, building materials, food packaging and other uses. Students were able to discuss new applications for textiles design with peers both in the UK and France.
Francesca Anderson, business development manager for international research at the university, said: "The unique thing about INTERREG is that in order to get funding, you have to prove that the cross-border co-operation really adds value. The partnerships that formed as a result really proved the point because in many cases you would never have imagined these collaborations. But now you can't imagine them working separately."
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