Funded research projects

 Current Funding as PI


  • iTREND Intelligent Healthcare Technologies                                             Mar 2017 – Feb 2022

Funded by the MStart Trust via iTrend Ltd.                                                                                  £1.7M

Project Director Prof Paul Stewart, Co-I Professor Jill Stewart and Principal Investigators Prof Maarten Taal and Dr Nick Selby (Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Derby Hospital; Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham)

  • Mel Morris Endowed Research Chair in Intelligent Systems. Mar 2017 – 


  • Kidney Research UK Grant: DIAMONDS Dialysis Monitoring for Decision Support (£300,000). August 2021-2023
    Project Director Prof Paul Stewart, Co-I Professor Jill Stewart and Principal Investigators Prof Maarten Taal and Dr Nick Selby (Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Derby Hospital; Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham)

Previous Funded Projects as Principal Investigator

  • EPSRC grant (reference EP/N026985/1) – ‘Smart Active Footbed for Wound Prevention and Management’

PI Professor Paul Stewart, Co-I Professor Jill Stewart, Professor Fran Game (Derby Royal Hospital). A feasibility study in collaboration with Royal Derby Hospital, developing smart materials and sensor systems to prevent and control the development of diabetic foot

SME Support

  • Collaborative PA1 ERDF Project – ‘Catalysing Growth through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing. Apr 2016 – Mar 2019

A £2.7M collaboration between Derby and Loughborough Universities – vehicle 2 grid, EV, Smartgrid, MultiModal Transport scheduling.

  • EU ERDF PA4 Project D2EE Low Carbon Technologies. Nov 2016 – Oct 2019

A £3M project led by the University of Derby in collaboration with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council

  • EU FP7 Project: ACHEON Aerial Coanda High Efficiency Orienting-jet Nozzle. 2012 – 2015

FP7-TPT – Transport (Including Aeronautics) – Horizontal activities for implementation of the transport programme (TPT) £280,000. The ACHEON project explores a novel propulsive system for aircraft which overcomes the main limitations of traditional systems introducing effective and affordable vectored jet aerial propulsion with no moving parts.

  • EU FP7 Project: MAAT multibody advanced energy self-sufficient powered airship. 2011 – 2014

FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1 £380,000. Electrical power system architectures, hydrogen production by hydrolysis, fuel cells, ultra-capacitors and propulsive design. Operational power-electronic systems and Control.

  • Hybrid Vehicle Zero Constraint Free Piston Energy Converter: EPSRC Grant: GR/S97507/01. 2005 – 2008

£332,519. Collaborating University: Dept. Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, University of Loughborough UK.Collaborating Company: Lotus Engineering. Consortium Manager: Paul Stewart. The technology is based around a single-cylinder free-piston internal combustion engine (ICE), which is run on a 4-stroke cycle, with an integral linear electromagnetic machine and electromagnetically operated poppet valves.                                                              

  • Turbocharger robust computational optimal design analysis. 2012 – 2014

Napier Turbochargers 3-year KTP. Turbocharger robust production design analysis

  • £500k p.a. rolling portfolio programme – Siemens Energy
  • Fundamental Gas Turbine Engine Combustion Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Research Grant. Advanced CFD. 2012 – 2014
  • Generator Remote Monitoring and Sensing Research IoT for real-time prognostics and diagnostics: Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Research Grant.        2011 – 2014
  • Real-time big data monitoring delivering real time prognostics, diagnostics and sensor validation for the global Siemens power generation fleet – including evaluation of vehicle to grid optimisation. 2012 – 2014
  • Airport energy technologies network EPSRC Grant: EP/H003150/1. 2009 – 2012

£183,382. Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart EPSRC – Low Carbon, Energy Efficient Airport Operations: 20 Universities and 17 Industrial Partners

  • Integrating and Automating Airport Operations EPSRC Grant: EP/H004424/2. 2011  – 2014

PI Prof Paul Stewart, with Stirling University, Manchester and Zurich Airports. This project emerged from the Research Councils’ Energy Programme Sandpit in Airport Operations, to exploit recent research advances in automated search methodologies and decision support techniques for air operations (and other related areas). Optimal real time control of airport take-off, landing, taxi and gate assignment for low carbon operations

  • Real-time Prognostics, Diagnostics and Failure Mode Computation and Control for Complex Power Systems and Actuators. 2009 – 2010 

£150,000. United States Air Force European Office of Aeronautical Research and Development: 1 year personal research grant

  • Yorkshire Forward Grant. ‘Self-Powering, Active Valve’. 2005 – 2008

£340,000. Principal Investigator: Paul Stewart:  Collaborating Company: Pegler Ltd. for intelligent building HVAC control

  • Electronically Actuated Valve Systems (ELTRAV) for distributed intelligent heating control, EU R&D Support Scheme. 2008

£120,000. Joint-investigators: Paul Stewart and Chris Bingham with Pegler Ltd.

  • Energy Recovery from Landing Aircraft EPSRC Grant: EP/H004351/1. 2009 – 2012

£160,597. Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart: Collaborating company: Airbus/EADS Innovation Works. To define, analyse and quantify the technologies which will enable the conversion of the kinetic energy of a landing aircraft, via a suitable electromechanical interface via transient energy storage into long term energy storage or the electrical grid network

  • EU Framework 6 More Open Electrical Technologies (MOET) workpackage 3.2.2. 2008 – 2011

£210,000. Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart. Optimised power systems, electrical machines, architecture and energy storage for the more electric aircraft. Collaborating Company: Airbus Toulouse Fr.

  • Electric Vehicle – Energy Management Systems Consultancy. 2006     

£50,000. Joint-PIs Paul Stewart and Chris Bingham. Collaborating Companies: Lotus Engineering Ltd. and ITI Energy. Report on whole-vehicle energy management strategies for hybrid and electric vehicles. Vehicle to grid report.

  • EV and HEV Energy System Scoping Study – Carbon Trust Consultancy. 2008    

£120,000. In collaboration with Lotus Engineering Ltd and E4Tech Ltd. Scoping low carbon funding calls for the Carbon Trust.