£1 million of funding is being made available to boost aviation security via the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme industrial PhD Partnership (IPP) grants for universities to collaborate with industry in a joint initiative between the Department for Transport and the Home Office.
All UK universities can apply for the FASS IPPs which will bring industry and academia together to mentor students with enterprising aviation security ideas to help create highly-trained researchers with expertise in national security.
In a press statement Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: ""Successful students will have academic and industry supervisors helping them to build a network of contacts across the aviation sector and gain relevant work experience that could lead to employment opportunities.
"FASS IPPs will contribute to national security by improving the UK’s ability to prevent terrorist attacks and could lead to the creation of new products and services that enable faster, more effective airport screening processes.
Home Office Security Minister Brandon Lewis added: "This is the latest example of the FASS fulfilling its vital role of bringing government, industry and academic experts together to ensure that we keep ahead of the evolving threats we face. FASS is offering the scheme as part of its commitment to funding research and innovation and will be supported by Connected Places Catapult in delivering the scheme.
Applications to FASS IPP require both a university and industry partner to apply. Three events will be held to enable potential industry partners to network and learn about the full application process:
Further information is available from Catapult.