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Strategic awards for capital equipment

We provided £1.7m capital funding to purchase new equipment for research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

Univiersities were invited to apply for single pieces of equipment and/or multiple smaller items between £50K and £500K.

We supported proposals that fit with the strategic priorities outlined in 'Science for Wales', and which build upon the strengths our universities demonstrated in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Equipment provided

We funded the following equipment to be purchased:

  • Cardiff University MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
    HiSeq 400 sequencing system supported by Biomek robot allowing sequencing of whole genomes more than 36 times faster at more than 2.5 times reduction in cost
    (Prof Sir Michael Owen)
  • Cardiff University, Cardiff Catalysis Institute
    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for surface analysis
    (Prof Graham Hutchings)
  • Swansea University, College of Engineering
    Prototyping and lifetime testing of low cost, durable solar cells made by printing and coating
    (Prof James Durrant)
  • Cardiff University
    The Wales Gene Park Genomic Big Data Hub – one petatbyte optimised for storage and processing of human genomic data
    (Prof Julian Sampson)
  • Cardiff University MRC CNGG
    MassARRAY system: nucleic acid detection and quantification platform
    (Dr Rebecca Sims)
  • Cardiff University, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute
    A set of miniature microscopes to image neuronal ensembles in rodent models of neuropsychiatric disorders
    (Dr Riccardo Brambilla)
  • Cardiff University, Systems Immunity Research Institute
    Imagestream: high resolution microscope embedded in a fluidic system suitable for the analysis of suspended cells
    (Prof Philip Taylor, Prof Paul Morgan, Prof Valerie O’Donnell)
  • Swansea University, College of Medicine
    Equipment to build depth and breadth in cell analysis capabilities
    (Prof Cathy Thornton)