The FBG awards €100,000 to four UB projects for the valorisation of research
On 18 January, the FBG presented the grants of the Valorisation Fund (FVal) of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2i). Within this funding programme, € 25,000 were awarded to each selected project, which will be used to valorize projects of the University of Barcelona with a high potential for transfer and impact on our society. The grants of the Valorization Fund will make it possible to further mature the selected technologies with the twofold aim of bringing them closer to market requirements, and of allowing their transfer either through licensing to an existing company or through the creation of a new spin-off.
The projects funded in this second edition were the following: ‘Inhibitors of androgen receptor dimerization: First-in-class drugs for the treatment of prostate cancer’, led by Dr. Eva Estébanez Perpiñá, Faculty of Biology; ‘New generation of SMDs for printed electronic circuits’, led by Dr. Albert Cirera Hernández, Faculty of Physics; ‘Automated food recognition system for catering facilities’, led by Dr. Petia Radeva, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science; and ‘Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of soluble Epoxide Hydrolase Inhibitors (sEHI) in Acute Pancreatitis (AP) and in Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)-Inducd AP’, led by Dr. Santiago Vázquez Cruz, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science.
The Valorisation Fund grants, which offer up to € 25,000 per project, are aimed at researchers from the University of Barcelona who lead knowledge transfer projects in which the UB holds ownership or co-ownership of both prior knowledge and technology and the results for which the grant is requested.
A total of 14 research projects developed at the University of Barcelona applied for a grant this year: five from the Faculty of Physics, three from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science, three from the Faculty of Biology, one from the Faculty of Chemistry, one from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and one from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.
This is the second edition of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2i), a programme endowed with € 124,000 euros that includes two modalities: the Valorisation Fund (FVal)—endowed with €100,000—aims to valorise UB projects with a high potential for transfer and impact on our society, and the Mentor in Residence (MIR) programme—endowed with € 24,000—promotes the creation and maturation of new spin-offs by hiring a mentor. These grants are supported by the Secretary of Universities and Research of the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya and are also co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).