Ian has over 10 years’ experience of collaborative R&D funding and has been responsible for securing over €80Mn of funding for clients. Ian is particularly skilled in developing strategic partnerships with world class research and industrial partners for new product development projects.
Ian’s previous roles include Director of the Paint Research Association, Director of Northern Europe and Head of Nanotechnology at Pera Technology as well as roles at Qinetiq, Rolls-Royce and the Materials and Engineering Research Institute.
Ian has a PhD in Physics from the University of Warwick (2000). His expertise area includes ceramics, semiconductors, advanced materials, renewable energy and nanotechnology.
Dr Nick Brooks, Director of Iconiq Innovation with extensive experience of EC and UK funding, technology transfer, innovation strategy development, meeting facilitation and peer reviewer.
Nick has over 15 years’ experience of working with a range of organisations (including SMES, large companies, industrial associations, universities and research technology organisation) throughout most of the stages of the innovation process including: ideas generation, Intellectual Property protecting, funding acquisition, commercialisation and business planning.
Nick has unrivalled experience in securing public funding for a wide range of both small and large projects, being responsible for over £30m of funding for clients, securing funding from regional, national and European sources ranging from regional grants for research and development (GRDs) through to large EC funded projects. Nick has been an integral part of each step of the collaborative research process including: Partner identification and recruitment, ideas generation, project development, writing and contract negotiation.
Previous roles include Technology Transfer Manager at RAPRA technology and Proposal writer at Pera Technology, Eesti Innovatsiooni Instituut (Estonia) and the Paint Research Association.
Nicks’ specific expertise areas are: Polymer and materials processing, thermo-electric materials and renewable energies.