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Crop irrigation

Invest in skills, infrastructure and innovation, says growth commission

Investing in human capital, improving the national infrastructure, improving finance provision for private investment and innovation, and the creation of an independent National Growth Council are key recommendations in the final report from the LSE Growth Commission.

3D printer

How additive manufacturing can boost the UK economy

Additive manufacturing, or '3D printing', is set to change the face of manufacturing. The Technology Strategy Board is launching a new £7 million research competition in partnership with the ESRC, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

KTP awards

ESRC researchers winning KTP Awards

ESRC's winning KTP partnership, with KTP Associate Harriet Knowles, was among the eight finalist Best Partnership teams at today's KTP Awards 2012 event. KTP Associates Kate Jones and Katie Flaherty both received a Business Leader of Tomorrow award.

Chemistry lab worker

Using research for a competitive economy

The Heseltine review which is published today looks at ways of making the UK economy more competitive, including how research can boost business. ESRC-funded research has explored to what degree companies collaborate with university departments.

Cashpoint

Researching service design for a better customer experience

The emerging field of 'service design' can be crucial in order to attract customers and business. The ESRC is partnering up with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Design Council and the communications consultancy Madano Partnership to fund research exploring the value and impact of service design.

Toilet map

Putting toilets on the map with open data

The Great British Public Toilet Map has been developed as part of an ESRC-funded research project Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory Tools and Technology (TACT3), automatically tracking councils' open data on public toilet facilities and displaying the information online.

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The cutting edge of the country

Innovation is not always dependent on a city location, but can also thrive in remote rural areas - for instance exploiting natural resources or developing high-tech engineering and electronics innovation hubs.

HapTEL workstation

Award-winning drilling in virtual teeth

A tooth drilling simulator part-funded by the ESRC has been awarded the prestigious BETT award for Innovation in ICT. The simulator enables dentist students to practice on virtual 3D teeth - without the pain of real patients.

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Enter the world of datasets

The ESRC Research catalogue is being expanded with over 900 datasets, downloaded from the Economic and Social Data Service and UK Data Archive - encouraging the use and reuse of data funded by ESRC.

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