The Design Council plans to pair designers with university technology transfer officersto help bring scientific innovations to market.
It will launch a competition early next year to find appropriate projects, as part of the Government-backed scheme Accelerating Scientific Innovation Through Design.
The Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills asked the council to establish the scheme to help universities develop technological innovations for the commercial market.
About 24 projects from six universities will be chosen to receive design mentoring from a pool of three designers over a year. The council is currently recruiting the mentors, which its design and innovation manager Jesse Belgrave says, ‘should have a broad skill base, but primarily be design strategists’. Their fees will be covered by the Government.