The TWI Innovation Network was created under the umbrella of the Structural Integrity Research Foundation (SIRF). The TWI Innovation Network works to nurture and coordinate partnerships to enable engineering advances in specialist areas across a range of industry sectors in response to commercial needs, as well as helping with the training and up-skilling of the next generation of industry experts and staff.
Innovation Network partners benefit from an open access to facilities, allowing them to carry out work at TWI headquarters in Cambridge using state-of-the-art equipment in dedicated laboratories.
The Innovation Network includes eight Innovation Centres (ICs) created in partnership with four UK universities and the Transport Systems Catapult. The centres share research and technology capabilities and undertake joint research programmes to develop the next generation of technologies and engineers in selected research disciplines. While each of the centres focuses on different areas of joint industry research, each is closely linked with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), which carries out industry-led postgraduate research with a focus on materials, joining, and structural integrity technologies.
Accelerated Innovation Programmes
Alongside the Innovation Centres exist a series of Accelerated Innovation Programmes (AIPs) which focus on the immediate interests of TWI Industrial Member organisations. These partnerships are focused on innovation, with the aim of developing and introducing sector-specific, safety and quality, or product and process advances to maximum effect to drive businesses forward. With links to the Innovation Centres, these AIPs use TWI’s contacts to help to facilitate the spread of innovation in areas of materials, joining, and structural integrity.
The Innovation Network has received millions of pounds in funding from InnovateUK and the European Commission to develop projects in oil and gas, power, transport, manufacturing, infrastructure and healthcare technologies, creating benefits for both industry and academia to promote economic growth, productivity, prosperity and close the skills gap in industry.
Find out more about the Innovation Network by visiting the dedicated website or email firstname.lastname@example.org