Technical Platform for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (T-PIKE)

Technicians, or research technical professionals (RTPs), play an essential role in research across all disciplines, particularly in the sciences.

They are responsible for the equipment used to run experiments, and often undertake the research itself, including the collection, analysis, and management of data. They have an in-depth and practical understanding of research facilities, including how they can be adapted to benefit external partners.

However, RTPs are typically not included in discussions between academics and industry, and often don’t get the training and support they need to actively engage with KE.

The Technical Platform for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (T-PIKE) is a ground-breaking £3m Eastern Arc project designed to address this gap.

Building on a £1.5m grant from EPSRC, it provides a training, mentoring and exchange framework for research technical professionals (RTPs) to engage with industrial and commercial partners, charities, and third sector organisations.

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