The Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) has awarded £8m of R&D grants.
The funding will go to a variety of projects based at higher education institutions across Scotland, including the Edinburgh College of Art, Robert Gordon University, the University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling.
Announcing the latest round of grants, Professor John Sizer, chief executive of SHEFC, said: "Higher education institutions are fundamental to the knowledge-led economic growth that is essential for Scotland's future prosperity.
"These grants demonstrate the council's vital role in bringing about change through facilitating productive collaboration with industry."
A grant of £750000 has been awarded to the Communications and Information Technology to Support Older People project which aims to develop communication systems that disabled, older people can use.
The project, which is being run by the universities of Dundee, Glasgow, Abertay Dundee and Napier, aims to encourage Scottish industry to meet the needs and wants of Scotland's ageing population.
Another beneficiary is University of St Andrews' research into organic semiconductors. The £500000 allocation will be used to develop folding video screens and light-emitting wallpaper. The facility has already attracted a high level of interest from Scottish industry.
Funding has also been given to the Institute of Neuronal Computational Intelligence and Technology at Edinburgh University which will use the money to develop next-generation robotics.
Many of the grant recipients will work in collaboration with local industry.
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