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About CAPE



CAPE was first established on 1 October 2004 as a way in which the University could address global issues involving open innovation, in partnership with companies of international importance. The CAPE Partner companies were strategically placed in the supply chain in orthogonal relationships without conflict of interest.
Operating under the original CAPE Strategic Partnership Agreement it provided a new form of joint university-industry research that was leading edge, vertically integrated and commercially relevant. In addition to the Partner companies, Carl Zeiss SMT was appointed as a CAPE Associate in the field of electronic imaging.
Under the terms of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, the first five year phase of CAPE was due to have ended on 30 September 2009, but, by mutual agreement between the CAPE Partners, the term was extended for a further six months until 31 March 2010. After that date, CAPE entered into a period of reconstruction and negotiation until the end of March 2011 with confirmed continued interest in the negotiation of a new Partnership Agreement from two of the original CAPE Partners, Alps Electric Limited and Dow Corning Corporation, as well as significant interest in future CAPE membership from other parties.


CAPE today


The current phase for CAPE started as on 1 April 2011 under the terms of the new CAPE Partnership Agreement (CPA), executed by the University in May 2011. Four companies joined CAPE as CAPE Partners by endorsing the CPA as on the same start date. These companies were: Alps Electric Co. Limited (electronic devices and components manufacture); Disney Research (media and entertainment); Dow Corning Corporation (silicon based materials and services); and Jaguar Land Rover (automotive). On 1 October 2015, CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Co., Ltd. (rail transport equipment) joined the CPA.

The mix of Partner interests has shifted over the years, but the current CAPE Partners (BIACD, CRRC Zhuzhou Institute, Disney Research and Jaguar Land Rover) continue to represent business interest on a global scale.

Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd (formerly Carl Zeiss SMT) confirmed their interest in continuing their CAPE association under the new CPA.
The CAPE Partnership welcomes interest from other companies in becoming CAPE Associates through investment in CAPE activities below the level expected from a full CAPE Partner.


CAPE Research Funding


The CAPE research portfolio so far amounted to £7.5 million in the first five and a half year CAPE phase, and as of February 2016 it amounts to about £5.4 million in the second phase which started on 1 April 2014, with several new projects on the horizon.

In the past, CAPE has been instrumental in helping the University to attract a further £6.9 million funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through a successful bid for the Cambridge Integrated Knowledge Centre (CIKC). Additionally CAPE was supported by an EPSRC Platform Grant in “Liquid Crystal Photonics” totalling £1.4 million over ten years from April 2003.