EMBRACE, the East Midlands Business and Research Satellite Application Centre of Excellence, is a collaborative partnership between the universities of Leicester and Nottingham and the British Geological Survey (BGS), launched in April 2014 with support from the Satellite Applications Catapult. University of Leicester is the lead partner hosting the Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence on behalf of the consortium. The overall aim of the EMBRACE is to align the resource, expertise and track record to build a significant Satellite Applications Catapult activity in the East Midlands liked to the Harwell Centre. This will be achieved through partnering with business, market sector-led brokering and linking regional R&D capability and infrastructure to the Satellite Application Catapult.



The three year IMPETUS partnership (www.nottingham.ac.uk/impetus) project was launched in November 2014.  The project brings together the internationally-leading Universities of Nottingham and Leicester in the East Midlands based venture with the Transport Systems Catapult.  We will deliver a programme of activities beginning in November 2014 which will be focused across a number of key themes of Intelligent Mobility. These activities will enable the universities and their local business innovation community to exploit research for the benefit of the UK economy and create a regional presence for Transport Systems Catapult outreach activities.



The Intelligent Mobility Partnership – Midlands Competence Centre of Excellence (IMPART) is a partnership between leading research teams from Loughborough University (LU), De Montfort University (DMU), Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Coventry University (CU).

With £14.6M of research activity currently in progress, IMPART seeks to engage directly with industry to translate fundamental research into new products and services for the benefit of all. Research activity includes increased mobility, improving safety and enhancing user benefits whilst simultaneously reducing pollution, consumption, and congestion.

A comprehensive events programme of industry workshops, conferences, knowledge transfer activities and access to funding streams will support collaboration and promote practical solutions to our most pressing transport challenges.


Satellite Applications Catapult

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board) as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board.


Transport Systems Catapult

Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. We are here to support business growth, increase the UK’s share of the global Intelligent Mobility market, and attract investment – creating jobs and generating long-term economic growth.

We will help sell UK capability on the global stage, while also promoting the UK as a superb test bed for the transportation industry. With a clear emphasis on collaboration, we are bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world's most pressing transport challenges.

Transport Systems Catapult is one of an elite network of not-for-profit technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. All Catapults obtain their funds from a combination of core Innovate UK support and competitively won business and public sector funding. In addition, the Transport Systems Catapult is receiving substantial funding from the UK’s Department for Transport.

For more information, please visit www.ts.catapult.org.uk



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