Case Studies

STFC strives to  maximise the impact of our science and technology for the benefit of the UK and its people.
 
This is a vitally important at any time, but especially so now, given the challenges the UK faces to  maintain  the economy and the important role that science must play in this task.  
 

We continue to improve our approach to impact reporting

Fostering small business research and innovation
24 July 2014
Fostering small business research and innovation

STFC is providing leading-edge laboratory space for high-tech SMEs to improve their efficiency and competitiveness.

Using X-rays to improve the durability of Luxfer gas cylinders
23 July 2014
Using X-rays to improve the durability of Luxfer gas cylinders

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)’s Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) has provided Luxfer Gas Cylinders with access to testing facilities at the Diamond Light Source in order to optimise the damage resistance of their product designs.

Publically funded research combats foot-and-mouth disease
14 July 2014
Publically funded research combats foot-and-mouth disease

Using the expertise in foot-and-mouth disease at The Pirbright Institute and facilities for determining protein structures at Diamond Light Source and its predecessor the Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS), researchers have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

Improving airline security
07 July 2014
Improving airline security

UK industry working closely with STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory delivers new x-ray scanning technology that enhances airport security, reduces costs and improves passenger confidence.

Supporting Europe's microelectronics industry
07 July 2014
Supporting Europe's microelectronics industry

STFC is providing the design infrastructure for the £23bn UK microelectronics sector, underpinning several other strategically important industries to the UK economy.

Breaking down barriers in regenerative healthcare
30 June 2014
Breaking down barriers in regenerative healthcare

Waiting for a replacement organ that never comes is the heart breaking truth for 14% of patients requiring a liver transplant. The demand for replacement livers has always far outweighed the supply, with over 10,000 people waiting for a liver transplant in the EU alone. This means many patients can die, or otherwise become too sick to undergo surgery, during the wait. It is equally troubling that 6% of the EU population suffer from chronic long-term liver diseases. Available technologies for rep

Unlocking international markets for UK SMEs
30 June 2014
Unlocking international markets for UK SMEs

The Vaccum Science Group at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) has assisted vacuum component provider SS Scientific in gaining the product certification required to win a lucrative contract in the USA.

Biomedical start-ups grow stronger with I-TAC
30 June 2014
Biomedical start-ups grow stronger with I-TAC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)’s Innovations Technology Access Centre (I-TAC) has enabled microbiology start-up company Perfectus Biomed to expand and secure investment.

Helping technology start-ups expand their professional network
30 June 2014
Helping technology start-ups expand their professional network

The most valuable resource in the world is time. The ESA BIC Harwell is supporting award-winning start-up company iGeolise in developing a new online application, ‘Travel Time’, which will revolutionise the way in which people search for any geographic location online.

Solving technical challenges for life-saving businesses
30 June 2014
Solving technical challenges for life-saving businesses

One of the biggest fear for a diver is to resurface out of sight of the dive boat. With access to the world-class expertise available at the ESA BIC Harwell through STFC’s RAL Space, Sci Tech (POB) Ltd has designed a device that allows the boat to track the position of resurfaced divers through a GPS - enabled signalling device.

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