Researcher awarded prestigious grant to advance national security

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A Strathclyde researcher has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to help advance the future of UK intelligence.

Dr Luce le Gorrec is one of six engineering researchers being supported in the latest round of new Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

The fellowships, which are offered by the Government Office for Science and administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering, provide a vital link between academia and the intelligence community.

Cutting edge

Focusing on areas of basic research, they support cutting edge developments in topics that can assist the intelligence community while providing mentoring to a new generation of engineers.

Dr Gorrec’s research focuses on extracting and processing information from complex networks which have become a key tool in many fields.

Each awardee receives funding for at least two years of their project and mentorship from a Fellow of the Academy as well as an advisor from the intelligence community.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein CBE FREng, Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to HM government and a Fellow of the Academy, said: “The research fellows who were appointed cover areas of science and engineering with a growing importance for security, from graph theory and novel chemical analysis to quantum sensors.

“Past experience has shown us that these research fellows do great work in topics that really matter to government stakeholders, and the research fellows themselves gain valuable experience of working with colleagues from a range of different government departments.”

The Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. They are capped at a maximum grant of £200,000 over a two-year period, with an optional third year of research which may be funded.