The funding was awarded by the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) in October 2018, and will pay for a brainstorming and networking event in Edinburgh in early 2019 and follow-up activities.
At the planned event, researchers drawn from academia and industry across Europe will share best practice for funding applications, work together to come up with ground-breaking ideas for major research proposals, and formulate an action plan to realise these ideas.
The SRPe award will also pay for Katherine to conduct follow-up visits with collaborators to discuss joint projects.
Real-world engineering solutions
The focus of Katherine’s research group is re-engineering biological molecules or systems and using them in new technologies that solve real-world problems in areas such as medicine and energy.
The SRPe- funded activities fall within her ‘Nucleic Acids in MEdicine’ programme (‘NAME’) and will catalyse development of new European partnerships that have the potential to lead to innovative engineering-based solutions for pressing challenges in the medical arena.