The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a research and innovation organisation at the forefront of UK science and technology. Through collaboration with industry and long-term research and development, the STFC underpins sectors that contribute billions of pounds annually to the UK economy, including space, pharmaceuticals, digital communication, microelectronics and physics-based manufacturing.
The Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme supports UK industry to overcome challenging product, manufacturing or process performance issues. B4I offers businesses access to a suite of high-tech world-class scientific capabilities, facilities and knowledge. This comprises X-rays, neutrons, lasers, particle accelerators and high-performance computing, enabling analysis between the extremes of scale - from sub-atomic materials analysis to computational modelling.
B4I Regional Centre Wales (RCW) focusses on, but is not limited to, engaging Wales-based companies with STFC’s national-level facilities and expertise to boost productivity and performance. RCW achieves this by carrying out scientific funded proof-of-concept work using local expertise and state-of-the-art facilities at TWI Wales and Swansea University (NDT). This, along with the RCW’s dedicated guidance, will support the company’s B4I application, and where required, support the analysis of the results to ensure that they can be implemented.