Plastic Electronic Systems Research & EPSRC


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Presentation given to the ESP KTN, EPSRC and Institute of Physics-sponsored conference on Plastic Electronics, in December 2013.

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  • This slide, modified from a model used by the NSF Engineering Research Centres (ERCs), makes clear that we understand that research activities are not a linear process (which is a common criticism of the Technology Readiness Level descriptors), but rather that the process of moving from fundamental knowledge to ultimate societal impact is full of feedback loops that influence the transition from knowledge – technology/discrete device – integrated system – societal application.
  • Plastic Electronic Systems Research & EPSRC

    1. 1. Electronic Systems Research Supporting excellent research and impactful ideas Dr. Derek Gillespie Senior Portfolio Manager @DAGillespie
    2. 2. The Transistor and the Integrated Circuit • First transistor invented in 1947. • Miniaturization of the technology, in line with Moore’s Law, is astounding – fast approaching the point whereby quantum considerations need to be taken into account. • Complexity of integrated circuits has increased more than a billionfold since the 1960s. • The price of an individual transistor is now less than one millionth of the cost in the late 1960s. o Had the cost of automobiles fallen at the same rate, a new car today would cost less than one pence.
    3. 3. Societal Trends for the Future In 2012, there were over 4 billion YouTube videos streamed daily. There are more mobile phone connections than there are people on the Earth. Mobile data traffic is growing at 92% (CAGR). By 2010, the number of text messages sent in one day exceeded the global population. In one second on the internet, there are: • 463 photos uploaded to Instragram. • 1024 calls made using Skype. • 3935 tweets posted on Twitter. • 11,574 files uploaded to Dropbox. • 33,330 Google searches carried out. • 46,330 videos watched on YouTube. • 52,083 posts ‘Liked’ on Facebook.
    4. 4. W(h)ither UK Electronics? Overcoming negative perceptions All UK electronic companies have failed. All electronic innovation is American. All electronic manufacture is Chinese. As the UK has lost every aspect of opportunity in electronics, investing UK taxpayer money in the field is a waste. The ESCO report sought to refute these misconceptions, with quantitative evidence drawn from the UK electronic systems community.
    5. 5. The UK Electronic Systems Community 850,000 People working on electronic systems in UK industry £80Bn Contribution to the UK economy, or 5.4% UK GDP “At the heart of many societal advancements are the enabling technologies of electronic systems” Warren East ESCO Executive Steering Group
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    7. 7. Plastic Electronics in the UK
    8. 8. UK Universities: Excellence in Research Excellence 1% 5% World population World research spending Worldwide UK 9% 12% 14% World research publications World citations World most-cited papers
    9. 9. Societal Drivers The Research System System Requirements System Integration Enabling Technology Technology Base Fundamental Knowledge Societal Requirement Knowledge Base
    10. 10. Gaps in the UK Innovation System? ‘Pure’ basic research User-inspired basic research Applied research Experimental development Science, Engineering & Technology Indicators BIS (2009) Stokes (1997) Dasgupta and David (1994)
    11. 11. Gaps in the UK Innovation System? Business R&D/%GDP Value of R&D performed in the business sector The UK trend runs contrary to our international peers or competitors.
    12. 12. The UK Innovation System Discover Understand Integrate Validate EPSRC Technology Strategy Board Charities or Intermediate Bodies Overseas Bodies Industrial Companies Universities Deploy
    13. 13. The UK Innovation System Discover Understand Integrate Validate Deploy 5 Knowledge & Technology ‘Push’ Challenge & Application ‘Pull’ EPSRC Technology Strategy Board Industrial Companies
    14. 14. Productive steps in our current system Academia, industry and the public sector working together Academia Public Bodies Industry Knowledge, people & technological capability Facilitating knowledge, impact & skills Innovation, market perspective & new products Pathways to Impact Targeted Support  Public engagement  Appropriate models  Long-term plans  KT secondments  Strategic discussion  Increased commitment  Staff training  Realistic IP  Consolidated evidence Strategic R&D  People support  Realistic IP!
    15. 15. What Can We Do Together? There are challenges to be tackled Where does the UK electronic systems research community ‘want to go’? What are the technologies of the future that need electronics at their heart? Who needs to be engaged outside of the (plastic) electronics community for the UK to take a lead? Support the work of the Plastic Electronics Leadership Group. Work in partnership with the ESCO team to make the importance of electronic systems in the UK clear to government. Partner with EPSRC – planning for the future starts now.
    16. 16. : 01793 44 4301 : @DAGillespie @EPSRC EPSRC ICT Theme
    17. 17. Grant Funding: Pathways to Impact Funding to Facilitate Potential Impacts Since 2009, applicants can ask for project-specific, impact-related costs as part of a grant proposal. Applicants can ask for funding at the point of application, in order to provide the opportunities or required skills that allow the team to promote the potential impacts of their research. To make use of this, applicants have to consider which impact activities or training they might require when planning the research proposal. All costs must be outlined and justified, as with other requests for funding.
    18. 18. Grant Funding: Pathways to Impact Funding to Facilitate Potential Impacts Some specific examples of activities that could be requested are: Secondments Increased investigator time Training activities Employment of specialist staff Marketing and publicity Workshops, seminars and networking Public engagement Early-stage commercialisation exploration Evidence shows that these resources are heavily under-used by applicants!
    19. 19. Institutions: Impact Acceleration Accounts Accessible funding for tailored impact activities Account-based funding given to universities on the basis of a peer-reviewed submission. Allows institutions the flexibility to operate tailored schemes that facilitate increased likelihood of impact from research. 95% Retain key benefits of KTA & KTS Schemes: Secondments Proofs of Concept Follow-On Funding Percentage of EPSRC portfolio, by value, covered by Impact Acceleration Accounts.