Through applied research the Centre is collaborating with local businesses to aid innovation and help increase productivity.

European Centre for Environment and Human Health

By combining business knowledge with research, companies in Cornwall could benefit from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health’s In Residence Scheme.

The scheme funds small to medium-sized businesses to spend up to 12 days with an individual researcher, or research team, in early stage discussions over a three-month period.

Beneficiaries of the Scheme to date include the National Lobster Hatchery who worked with Dr Clare Redshaw to design and develop bioassays and train staff to investigate ways of increasing lobster hatchling survival rates.

Cornish Sea Salt were also able to spend six days exploring research around the anti-inflammatory properties of sea salt with Dr Gyuri Fejer, in an effort to assess whether there is a scientific basis to expand their business in this area.

Other companies working with the Centre include Sea Communications, Buzz Interactive and JOHT Resources.

Kathryn Woolf of Sea Communications said: “We are delighted to be working with the Centre on an exciting project exploring how digital technology can be used to engage the public in scientific research. It’s been a really useful process and we hope to continue this great working relationship.”

The Centre conducts world-class research into the complex connections between the environment and health. Its aim is to produce research that will contribute to the economy of Cornwall and impact policy at a national and international level.

Centre Director Prof Lora Fleming believes the needs of local organisations are vitally important to producing meaningful findings. “Placing business needs and expertise at the heart of our research is fundamental to the Centre’s collaborative philosophy," she explained.

"Through joint studies, PhD projects, forums and interest groups, we’re working with a range of organisations to ensure our research is informed by local issues and real world challenges.”

To apply for the In Residence Scheme, visit the Centre’s business webpages. For more information, visit the Centre website.

The Centre is part of University of Exeter Medical School and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 and European Social Fund Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.