In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 a small amount of research in nine of twelve areas submitted was described as “world leading”.
Notable research awards in 2009/10 included funding from the Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme for a Northumbria-led national assessment of dementia care, in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glamorgan. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council awarded £1.4 million to a Northumbria University research team working alongside the Universities of Birmingham, Central Lancashire, Swansea and London (Birkbeck) on energy consumption. RTC North and a private company, Nonlinear Dynamics – a world leader in its field – announced a research collaboration with Northumbria University which could lead to a major breakthrough in the production of bio-fuels.
The three year project will bring together traditional scientific laboratory analysis techniques and some of the world’s most advanced data analysis software. A new company established by the University in 2010 will give manufacturers the chance to use computational chemistry to create “designer molecules” for the first time in an industrial setting. The process, Quantum Directed Genetic Algorithms (QDGA), is a unique solution for identifying new catalysts and reactants.