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Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals
and BiotechnologyChemicals, Pharmaceuticals Focus areas
Our involvement in this industry
and Biotechnology
sector includes:
The Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals
and Biotechnology industry sectors w Basic and other chemicals
w Pesticides and agrochemicals
in the UK have a turnover in excess
w Coatings, surfactants, household and
of £65.7 billion and employ over
personal products
519,000 people making a £22 billion
w Polymers, plastics, rubber and related
GVA (Gross Value Added) contribution
to the UK economy* . The research
w Pharmaceuticals and related medical
and development of new products, products.
techniques and areas is crucial to
See also other leaflets in this series,
the continuing growth and profitability
of the industry which invested over
w Healthcare – drug delivery
£3.3 billion in R&D in 2000.
w Power – replacement fuels,
The work of the Engineering and
w Bulk Materials – polymer manufacture,
Physical Sciences Research Council
structural polymers
(EPSRC) is to invest in research and
w Food and Drink – biotechnology for
postgraduate training in engineering
and physical sciences so the UK will
Programme areas
be prepared for the next generation
EPSRC is organised into ten Programme
of technological change. By working
areas. Research relevant to the Chemicals,
in partnership with industry to
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
encourage collaborative research
industry sectors potentially spans all of
investment between universities
our Programmes. Research specific to the
sectors is currently funded through these
and companies, we can both drive
research forward and give companies
access to the important developments
w Chemistry
w Materials
which will assure the continued
w Life Sciences Interface
success of the industry as a whole.
w Engineering
Our aim is to align EPSRC’s
w Innovative Manufacturing.
programme of research and training
with the needs of users. Our specific
objectives are:
w To increase involvement of all
users in EPSRC’s longer-term
strategic thinking
w To build and sustain a better
knowledge and understanding
of user needs within EPSRC
w To develop strategic partnerships
between EPSRC and users
w To increase the general awareness
of EPSRC amongst the user
community through wider
communication and consultation
w To stimulate academic-user
collaboration on research grants
and training awards
w To increase exploitation of
research and training outcomes
and knowledge transfer.
*Source: Office of National Statistics Annual Business InquiryIndustrial research and EPSRC Research initiatives
R&D expenditure funded directly There are many ways in which
by the industry is substantial but companies can get involved with
mainly focussedon development research at the practical level.
rather than research. Much We welcome collaboration on
of the research supported by all our grant funded projects.
EPSRC underpins the industry. In addition, there are specific
The Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals initiatives designed to help industry
and Biotechnology industry sectors and universities to work together.
have a history of interaction with
the EPSRC.
We currently support over 500
research projects in these sectors.
In this portfolio there are 321
collaborative grants with companies,
involving over 200 different
companies in the Chemicals,
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
industry sectors with a total EPSRC
grant value of £71.2m. Our main
collaborations are shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 Main collaborations
20 40 60 80
w No. of collaborative projects ICI
Johnson Matthey
Dow Chemical
AveciaFaraday Partnerships aim to promote related) industry. Hub organisations
improved interactions between the are Campden and Chorleywood Food
UK science, engineering and technology Research Association, Institute of
base and industry through the involvement Applied Catalysis; University of Bristol
of intermediate organisations. Details (Bristol Colloid Centre).
of all Faraday Partnerships can be found
w CRYSTAL – Green Technology for
on the website www.faradaypartnerships.
the Chemical and Allied Industries: The Faraday Partnerships of direct
Promotes Green Chemical Technology
relevance to this sector are:
(embracing improved use of resources
w Faraday Plastics – The Catalyst and a significant reduction in waste).
for Innovation in the Supply Chain: The ‘hub’ comprises IChemE, RSC
( To and CIA.
address the driving forces affecting
w Faraday Partnership for Remediation
the development and prosperity of
of the Polluted Environment: (joint
the Plastics sector, deliver a capability
with NERC). To facilitate research,
for faster, cleaner, lower cost and
training and technology transfer for
more flexible processes and to
the remediation of polluted land and
encourage industrial-academic
water by biological as well as physical
collaboration. The core partners are
and chemical methods, especially in
Warwick Manufacturing Group and
the subsurface environment. The ‘hub’
RAPRA Technology Ltd.
comprises PERA (Melton Mowbray), the
w IMPACT – Innovative Materials NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology,
Development and Product Formulation Oxford, Belfast, Sheffield, Nottingham,
by the Application of Colloid Technology: Aberdeen and Cranfield Universities,
( Focus is to use British Water, EA Technology and the
colloid technology to support the Environment Agency.
design and development of innovative
materials, and the development of
new formulated products, across
all sectors of the chemical (and
Figure 2 Overview of Industry Collaborations by Sector Theme
75 150 225 300
w Grant value (£100k)
Chemicals and Manufacture
(Basic and other chemicals)
w No. of collaborations
Pharmaceuticals and related
medical products
Polymers, plastics, rubber
and related products
Coatings, surfactants and
household products
Pesticides and related
productsForesight Challenge and Foresight LINK w Measuring up to the Environment –
awards aim to promote collaborative developing a new range of sensors which
research between the UK science base will enable more precise monitoring
and industry in priority areas identified by of the quality of our environment,
the Government’s Foresight Programme. protecting and improving public health.
Led by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
w Institute of Applied Catalysis (iAc) –
a virtual, industry led, national w From Micrograms to Multikilos –
initiative involving a consortium to define new approaches to the study
of companies and key academic of organic reactions with novel reactor
researchers to fill the innovation design and selection methodologies to
gap between academia and industry. address key problems, in particular the
predictive assessment of scalability,
w Centre for Process Analytics and
in process research and development
Control Technology (CPACT) – addresses
for fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
the manufacturing challenges being
The core academic institutes are the
faced by the chemical, biochemical,
Universities of Hull and Liverpool
pharmaceutical, food and materials
and University College London.
processing industries resulting from
the need for flexible multi-product
production. The core academic groups
are the Universities of Hull, Newcastle
and Strathclyde.
w Lab-on-a-chip – to develop and
exploit miniature chemical and
analytical systems. Led by the
University of Hull and a consortium
of academic and industrial partners.
Figure 3 Main research areas
Manufacturing 36%
Polymers 15%
Chemical Synthesis and Structure 13%
Catalysis and Surfaces 10%
Other Materials 9%
Energy Generation 7%
Instrumentation and Analysis 5%
Other 3%
Environmental 2%w University of Birmingham – Formulation
Engineering – the physical chemistry
Training is a fundamental part
and bioprocesses that create product
of our remit. We can offer several
structure and the maintenance or
mechanisms to either assist
breakdown of structure in use.
companies with developing their
own staff or to deliver a piece of Masters Training Packages (MTPs) provide
funding in areas where the EPSRC can
research relevant to the company
make a real difference in the quality
by funding the training of a
and level of industry relevant postgraduate
postgraduate researcher.
education and training. There are 17
MTPs relevant to this sector (Figure 4).
Engineering Doctorates are broadly based,
intensive, 4 year PhD training programmes
Doctoral Training Accounts (DTAs) provide
involving a taught component plus an
funds to universities to support a wide
industrial research project. The EPSRC
range of PhD level training and can give
allocates 10 studentships per annum
companies the opportunity to collaborate
to each of the following Engineering
in specific areas.
Doctorate centres:
w University College London – The CASE (Co-operative Awards in Science
Bioprocess Leadership Programme – and Engineering) allow graduates to
integration of bioprocess research with research both at their chosen University
the generation of entrepreneurial skills and with a company partner.
through close linkage with the
Many companies in the Chemicals
bioprocess industry.
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
w Brunel University, University of Surrey industry sectors collaborate in our training
– Environmental Technology. Course activities in this way by acting as joint
modules in Life Cycle Assessment, supervisors on CASE studentship awards.
Clean Technology, Environmental
Risk Audit, Risk Perception, Risk
Management, Risk Communication,
Sociology of the Environment,
Environment Law, Environment
Figure 4 Masters Training Packages
Course title Institution
Molecular Modelling Cardiff University
Biomolecular Science Imperial College London
Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science Loughborough University
Chemical Informatics UMIST
Biochemical Engineering Innovations MSc –
Training to speed up bioscience to biomanufacture University College London
Bioinformatics University of Exeter
Catalysis principles and practice University of Liverpool
Physical Analysis of Biological Interactions at Surfaces University of Liverpool
Clean Technology University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Designing Chemical Solutions University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Responsive Processing University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Chemoinformatics University of Sheffield
Process Safety and Loss Prevention University of Sheffield
IGDS in Chemical Technology and Management University of Strathclyde
Pharmaceutical Analysis University of Strathclyde
Instrumental and Analytical Methods for Biological
and Environmental Chemistry University of Warwick
Clean Chemical Technology University of YorkUniversities working with industry More information
Relevant work is being carried Other leaflets in this series include:
out in virtually every UK university
w Aerospace and Defence
and the EPSRC can put you in
w Bulk Products and Materials
touch with the lead researchers
w Computing and Communications
or projects most specifically relevant
w Construction and Environment
to your company and guide you
w Electronics
through the research funding
w Financial Services
process. The key universities
w Food and Drink
currently involved in EPSRC
w Healthcare
supported collaborative research
w Machinery and Equipment
with the Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals
w Power
and Biotechnology industry sectors
w Retail
include: (see Figure 5)
w Transport.
Contact us
To discuss your specific research
or training needs and requirements
please contact:
Dr Peter Smith
Sector Manager for Chemicals,
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Telephone 01793 444378
Figure 5 Key universities currently involved in EPSRC supported
collaborative research relevant to the Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals
and Biotechnology industry sectors
10 20 30 40 50 60 70
w Total EPSRC grant value (£100k)
Imperial College London
w No. of collaborative projects
University of Leeds
University of Cambridge
Loughborough University
University of Surrey
University of Oxford
University of Bradford
University of Sheffield
University of Nottingham
Cardiff University
University of York
University of Manchester
University of Bristol
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