The most prominent Research Achievements in 2015
One fifth of the European Research Council funding in Greece and Cyprus was secured by the University of Cyprus: Since 2007, when ERC (European Research Council) was established, 51 projects in Greece and Cyprus have been funded through competitive procedures. The University of Cyprus together with the Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas managed to reach high rankings in funding with an equal number of programs. Specifically, Cyprus has 13 European Research Council (ERC) project holders, of which 10 are designated to researchers of the University of Cyprus. The total approved funding of ERC programs to the University amounts to € 10.019.755,71 million.
All of the four Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) Research Awards of 2015 were nominated to the University of Cyprus: The annual Research Promotion Foundation Research Awards were nominated this year in academics and researchers for significant projects, implemented at the University. The Cyprus Research Awards and the Cyprus Innovation Awards are organized every year by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) and the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB).
|Research Highlights 2015
University of Cyprus contributes in the domain of eHealth with innovative solutions and pioneering results by participating in significant European funded programs with the Biomedical Informatics Laboratory of the Computer Science Department
The high-quality research of Nireas-IWRC is recognized by the Joint Programming Initiative on Water Challenges of the European Commission
The coordination of Project Marie Skłodowska-Curie: Innovative Training Network, with a budget of € 3.7 million, was undertaken by the International Water Research Centre Nireas-IWRC of University of Cyprus
Pilot construction in the research program Synergetic Multi-Objective Design and Construction of Timber Pavilion Prototypes: Architectural wood workshop in τηε Εlementary school of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios
Significant contribution of the University of Cyprus in the development of 5th Generation Telecommunication Networks 5th Generation: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering participates in the research project «FiWinG», funded by the European Union through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Networks (IDD) program. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie IDD programs are highly competitive and aim at developing new knowledge and skills of individuals involved in research and innovation. The program is designed to deliver research training and career opportunities through cross-border and cross-sector mobility. Mostly in new and innovative technologies so that knowledge can be transformed into products, high-tech services, economic and social benefit. The four-year research and training program "FiWin5G", will be implemented as part of a consortium of 10 internationally recognized organizations from nine European countries on the following theme "Consolidated Optical-Wireless Networks 5th Generation" The project started in January 2015, coordinated by the University College London, with a total budget of € 4.12 million, of which € 241.000 corresponding to the University of Cyprus budget. [back to top]
Two Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships, worth € 315.298 for postdoctoral researchers in the Laboratory of Biophysics of Cancer under the Horizon 2020 program: The grants will support, postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of Biophysics of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department. Overall purpose is the experimental study through preclinical studies and by the use of calculation with mathematical models -the role of stromal (non-cancerous) cells, which exist in solid tumors both in their development and their interception to prevent the efficient transfer of anti-cancer drugs. [back to top]
University of Cyprus contributes in the domain of eHealth with innovative solutions and pioneering results by participating in significant European funded programs with the Biomedical Informatics Laboratory of the Computer Science Department: Initiation of a new European research and innovation plan that embraces the collaboration of the Biomedical Informatics Laboratory (e-Health) of the Department of Computer Science and the compact Cypriot SME InfoTEX Software Solutions LTD, aiming to the development of an integrated software for the implementation of advanced e-health solutions. The project, with the acronym FI-STAR is funded by the European Union through the Future Internet Social and Technological Alignment in in Healthcare Research. The total project budget amounts to € 16.800.000 and it is consisted by a consortium of 43 partners from across Europe. [back to top]
A new european research project that explores issues related to cloud computing platforms (PaaS - Platform as a Service): How organizations and companies use platform services (Platform as a Service - PaaS) The target of PaaSport is to increase the use of platform services in cloud computing environments and broaden its applications. In cooperation with SME unions from Germany (BITMi), Latvia (LIKTA), Sweden (GCM) and Turkey (TBV), the research project PaaSport examines various methods in order to make PaaS platform services practice more attractive to universities and companies. [back to top]
"Mediterranean Technology Platform for Smart Grids" in the context of the project PV-NET: In March 2015 an ambitious initiative with representatives from european institutions, member states and mediterranean countries was hosted in Cyprus. An important initiative promoted by the project PV-NET «promoting photovoltaic technology through net metering optimization», financed by the European Regional Development Fund through program MED and coordinated by University of Cyprus. The initiative is linked to the establishment of a National Technology Platform for Smart Grids in the Mediterranean countries to promote the strategic objectives for sustainable development, energy security and create conditions for developing a competitive economy. Taking this to a higher level the National Technology Platforms for Smart Grids can participate in the Mediterranean Technology Platform for Smart Grids (MED TP4SG), which is expected to serve regional and cross-border related policies and is expected to work in close cooperation with the European Technology Platform for SG. This effort takes shape as the partners of the project PV-NET set this ambitious goal, which is the creation of the MED TP4SG for promoting technologies related to the development of smart grids and smart metering systems integration.
Interacting with robots: New funding of € 979.250 for the University of Cyprus in a € 3.430.930 European Program: Participation in the new European research project with the acronym GrowMeUp, funded by the European Union through the program Horizon 2020, was secured by the Computer Science Department in collaboration with the SME CITARD Services Ltd. University of Cyprus received the funding of € 979.250 and the total project budget amounts to € 3.430.930. Target of "GrowMeUp program" launched by the European Commission, is to enhance the independent living of older people with robotic companions. [back to top]
New funding of €203.000 for the Oceanography Centre of the University of Cyprus within a program with total amount of funding up to €13 million in March 2015: Oceanography Centre managed to attract a large European research project ensuring the funding of € 203,000. EU Common information Sharing Environment 2020 (EU CISE 2020) is an FP7 funded project which represents an important step towards the accomplishment of the European roadmap for CISE. Activities are implemented and managed by a consortium of 37 partners from 15 different European countries; the project coordinator is the Italian Space Agency (ASI). Maritime authorities, universities, research institutes and other different organizations are involved. The project attains the widest possible experimental environment of innovative and collaborative processes between European maritime institutions. The aim is to create a political, organizational and legal environment to enable information sharing across the seven relevant sectors/user communities (transport, environmental protection, fisheries control, border control, general law enforcement, customs and defense) based on existing and also on future surveillance systems/networks with a view to achieve a fully operational CISE by 2020. [back to top]
The high-quality research of Nireas-IWRC is recognized by the Joint Programming Initiative on Water Challenges of the European Commission: The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "Water challenges for a changing world" deals with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is indeed a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge. The Council of the European Union decided to launch the JPI "Water Challenges for a Changing World" on 6 December 2011 as a contribution to the reduction of fragmentation of efforts by Member States and mobilisation of skills, knowledge and resources, with a view to strengthening Europe's leadership and competitiveness on water research and innovation. The WATER JPI currently counts on 20 partner countries and Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos has been re-elected as a member of the Scientific and Technological Board (STB). [back to top]
The coordination of Project Marie Skłodowska-Curie: Innovative Training Network, with a budget of € 3.7 million, was undertaken by the International Water Research Centre Nireas-IWRC of University of Cyprus: The approval for funding from the European Commission for the research proposal submitted by the International Water Research Centre Nireas-IWRC within the framework of the action "Marie Skłodowska-Curie: Innovative Training Networks (ITN)" under H2020, has been a significant merit for University of Cyprus. The funded research proposal is named "Antibiotics and mobile resistance elements in wastewater reuse applications: risks and innovative solutions (ANSWER)" with a total budget of €3,708,689.76, of which approximately €800,000 is dedicated to the activities of the Research Centre Nereas. [back to top]
Establishment of Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E) of the University of Cyprus with the support of PwC: The establishment was announced at a press conference held in the University campus. PwC contribution it's in regards with the construction of part of the building, which will house the Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E) in the campus. As an indication of gratitude and appreciation to the company for their valuable support, the University of Cyprus decided that the main hall of the conference building will be named "PwC". [back to top]
University of Cyprus as well participates in the project ENERCA - European Network for Rare and Congenital Anaemias. A project of great importance in the domain of e-Health: The project started back in 2002, funded by the European Commission, with the purpose of offering an improved public health service to professional medical practitioners and patients in every aspect of rare anaemias. University of Cyprus participates through the Biomedical Informatics Laboratory - eHealth lab of the Computer Science Department, in collaboration with the International Organization Thalassaemia (TIF) and other European partners. The program aims to develop electronic health services for the European Network of Reference on Rare and Congenital Anaemias. [back to top]
Significant contribution to the development of a web ecosystem to facilitate people with disabilities (PWD) – Total Funding up to € 133.000: University of Cyprus participates in another great European project that will produce an internet platform, which will help to facilitate the development, utilization and blending technologies to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. In particular, the Software Engineering and Internet Technologies Laboratory (SEIT) of the Computer Science Department is one of the partners in the research project with the acronym «Prosperity4All», which is funded by the European Union, through the FP7 (7th Framework Programme - FP7 ). The four-year research program «Prosperity4All» will be implemented as part of a consortium of 25 internationally recognized organizations from 13 European countries. [back to top]
Α new project, worth of approximately € 7.1 million, co-financed by the European Structural Funds and the Republic of Cyprus, will be coordinated by the University of Cyprus: The University of Cyprus undertakes, for a second planning period the coordination of a project co-financed by the European Structural Funds therefore the European Social Fund. The new project with the working title "University-Industry Liaison Offices in the Republic of Cyprus" with a budget of € 7.154.118 was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and will engage in all eight public and private universities, which operate in the Republic of Cyprus. [back to top]
Pilot construction in the research program Synergetic Multi-Objective Design and Construction of Timber Pavilion Prototypes: Architectural wood workshop in τηε Εlementary school of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios: The Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus has conducted architectural wood workshop in elementary school Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios. This interesting commingling of the Academia and the elementary school students was held within the framework of the research activities of the Department and in specifically the Architectural Design and Construction program, entitled Synergetic Multi-Objective Design and Construction of Timber Pavilion Prototypes. The action has been implemented in cooperation with the Primary Education Directorate of the Ministry of Education and Culture and with the support of Charalambides Christis Company as part of their social solidarity program of "Participation, Children the Future Citizens".
Significant contribution in the energy sector. FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy undertakes a study on the future of Cyprus Grid, commissioned by the JRC: The study on the Cyprus Future Grid was undertaken by the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus commissioned by the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study involves technical issues related to the future energy system and electricity market in Cyprus, based on the objectives set by Europe for 2030. [back to top]
A unique opportunity to acquire a National Biobank in Cyprus: Recently, the Molecular Medicine Research Centre (MMRC) of the University of Cyprus succeeded in receiving the significant amount of €460,638 for the implementation of the "Biobanking and the Cyprus Human Genome project" (CY-Biobank). The proposal was submitted under the Horizon 2020 framework program for research and development. At this stage it is proposed that the existing infrastructure of MMRC is upgraded to a Center of Excellence (CoE). The ultimate aim of the new CoE is to create new opportunities for innovative ground-breaking medical research and promote Cyprus to the European Research Area. Great progress has been achieved in Biobanking in Cyprus, especially in the field of inherited kidney disorders, but a lot more needs to be done in order to better serve the Cypriot and European community. The purpose of a Biobank is to support and promote research on genetic diseases intending to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses. At the same time, the facilities and the tools acquired will empower the development of international research aiming to produce new medicine and treatments for several modern time illnesses. [back to top]
Significant funding of €1.012.173 was secured by the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy: The FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus received a important funding from the European Union to carry out its research work. Through Twinning is a European Union instrument for institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and of beneficiary or partner countries managed to secure the funding amount of € 1.012.173. Key objective will the enhancement of excellence and innovation of the FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, mainly in the field of photovoltaics and assistive technologies for integration of renewable energy sources (RES) and smart grid concepts. [back to top]
Chances for early detection of cancer in the small intestine - Researchers created a model electronic capsule for cancer screening in the small intestine: Expectations for early detection of early cancer in the small intestine before they started to spread the disease, a breakthrough by researchers of the University of Cyprus. Specifically in the Holistic Electronics Research Lab of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the supervision of assistant professor Julius Georgiou, they have designed and constructed an electronic capsule model for the detection of cancer in the small intestine. The creation of such a capsule creates opportunities for systematic preventive control any presentation early carcinomas. [back to top]
Important results from the Developmental Biology and Bioimaging Technology Laboratory: Important research results were recently announced from the Developmental Biology and Bioimaging Technology Laboratory of Department of Biological Sciences. Specifically, in a postgraduate study funded by the Research Promotion Foundation, new data were presented in relation to the mechanism leading to the formation of the neural tube in vertebrates, an essential process needed for the creation of the central nervous system during embryogenesis. The study was published in the prestigious international journal "Cell Reports". [back to top]