The Imperial College London announced the inauguration of the Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering in their Summer of 2015 Engineering Newsletter.
This decision comes shortly after the College hosted a Bitcoin forum, which determined a high level of interest amongst students and faculty. During the forum, Mike Hearn (Bitcoin Core developer) and Dr Will Knottenbelt spoke about cryptocurrencies and the benefits they could offer to both governments and individuals, including the popular blockchain technology.
The Centre will focus its efforts on research grants aimed towards improving the blockchain technology as well as designing solutions for other fields building upon it.
Dr Knottenbelt himself will serve as Director of the Centre, he’s a member