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Our January Ignition Awardee is…

Marco Rodriguez Frias, an Early Career Researcher (ECR) from The School of Electrical Electronic Engineering (EEE).

Congratulations to Marco Rodriguez Frias, winner of a £2,000 Ignition Award through the UMIP Innovation Optimiser; an initiative that empowers innovators across the University campus. Marco, whose idea aims to support the UK Environmental Agency’s mission to prevent contaminating sewers with large quantities of oily water, will use the award to test the feasibility of his proposal.

Marco commented, “I have an idea for a product derived from my research that can be implemented within industries to vastly lower the risk of oil being released into our sewers, and ultimately back into our ocean. I heard about the Ignition Award during a UMIP event on campus and thought it was a brilliant, risk-free opportunity.

“I will use the funding to make samples of a product which I’ll apply to oil separators across industries. I will be monitoring the results over a period of time to ensure the product is ready; I’m excited to get my idea out of the lab and into industry.”

The Innovation Optimiser Ignition Award of up to £2000 is available every month* until the end of July 2019 for staff and ECRs at The University of Manchester with innovative ideas.

Do you have a solution to a commercial, societal, or environmental problem? Then you could be our February Ignition Awardee – apply now and get your idea off the ground. Closing date 25th Feb.

For an informal chat about the Ignition funding opportunity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at ignitionawards@umip.com or for more information, please visit our website: www.innovationoptimiser.com

*Subject to availability

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