Three Royal Academy of Engineering projects have been shortlisted for the 2018 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of Newton partner countries.

The selected projects are working to address a range of challenges – from sustainable mining practices in Colombia to the development of virtual reality teaching simulations for medical students in Mexico.

The three Academy-supported projects are:

  • Surgical planner and simulation based on virtual reality – Fabio Antonio Gonzalez Sanchez, Chief Executive, Verum VR Medical (Mexico)
  • To scale up the development of an intelligent water measurement device at the industrial level in order to save this valuable resource in Colombia and to serve as a model to be replicated in other countries – Jimy Alexander Aguirre, Hardware Coordinator (Colombia)
  • Design, creation and implementation of a Mineral Benefit School Plant, municipality of Segovia – Antioquia, Colombia – Lesli Zapata Sánchez, Co-founder and Assistant Management, Nanotecol (Colombia)

The three projects are led by alumni of the Academy’s Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme, which offers UK-based training to help researchers from emerging economies build the entrepreneurial skills needed to commercialise their work. Since launching in 2015, LIF has provided commercialisation and entrepreneurship support to over 700 innovators, working across all technology sectors from 15 partner countries. From 2015-2017, $70 million of innovation investment has been raised by participants of the programme.

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