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The Health Innovation Challenge Fund has awarded a grant worth over £4 million for a 4 year research programme

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund (co-sponsored by the Department of Health and Wellcome Trust) has awarded Professor Sharon Peacock £4.46m for a 4 year programme of research starting in January 2014.

Professor Peacock, part of Cambridge Infectious Diseases, will use this grant to translate whole genome sequencing technology into diagnostic and public health microbiology. Key objectives include understanding how to apply genomics to address the problems of infectious disease control scaled to local, regional or national levels, and how to integrate this technology into ongoing practice so as to expand and enhance the current system of infectious diseases surveillance conducted by Public Health England.

Speaking about this award, Professor Peacock said "Microbial sequencing has the potential to enhance the care of patients with infectious diseases, and to improve the detection and control of outbreaks in hospitals and the community. This funding will support the development of mechanisms by which we can translate microbial sequencing from the research setting into clinical practice.”


The University of Cambridge has won Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding for several new doctoral centres to train tomorrow’s engineers and scientists

University of Cambridge academics have won six of their funding bids for Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT), including the renewal of two that are currently running, and are partners in two further successful bids from UCL and Liverpool. The total value of the grant will be around £30 million, spread over 8 years, with the first cohorts to start in October 2014; the funding is targeted at areas considered to be crucial to the country’s economic growth.

The EPSRC is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences, and invests in research and postgraduate training to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. These CDTs are funded for four years and include technical and transferrable skills, as well as a research element, bringing together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills.

The existing Cambridge Nano CDT is one of the Centres whose funding has been renewed, enabling the over 500 Nano researchers to continue successfully working in a multitude of disciplines, including physics, chemistry, engineering and materials. A Centre of Gas Turbine Aerodynamics is to be one of the newly-created CDTs, set to become an international centre of excellence aimed at training the next generation of leaders in research and industry.

Other Cambridge CDTs are set to be developed or renewed in graphene, ultraprecision, future infrastructure and computational materials, as well as a photovoltaics Centre in partnership with the University of Liverpool and a phototonics Centre in partnership with UCL.