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Welsh-led engineering projects gain EU funding

As Wales achieved its €50m EU research and innovation goal last October, two projects funded as part of the National Research Network (NRN) in Advanced Engineering and Materials (AEM) have gained recent success.

Professor Owen Guy, director of the Centre for Nanotechnology in Swansea University, which is also a partner institute in a €3.5m Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Training Network led by Plymouth University, received funding of £470,000 (~€538,724) for developing platform technology for a range of sensor applications.

Guy said: “This grant represents a unique opportunity to link with leading European research groups and industry partners, to develop diagnostic technology related to Alzheimer’s disease.”

In a second project, undertaken in collaboration with the universities of Limogues, France, and Padova, Spain, as well as fellow Bangor academics and Welsh-based enterprise Creo Medical Ltd, Dr Cristiano Palego, also received a grant of £705,050 for his work focused on advancing medical devices to aide doctors in detecting pathogens and malignant cells through non-invasive means.

Palego said the funding would allow him to establish his own bioelectric lab and acquire both equipment and expertise.