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TWI Innovation Network

 

The TWI Innovation Network works to nurture and coordinate partnerships, enabling engineering advances in specialist areas across a range of industry sectors in response to commercial needs, as well as helping to train and up-skill the next generation of industry experts and staff.

The TWI Innovation Network was created under the umbrella of the Structural Integrity Research Foundation (SIRF) and encompasses Innovation Centres; the National Structural Integrity Research Centre; Accelerated Innovation Partnerships; and Private Technology Innovation Partnerships.

Innovation Network partners benefit from open access to facilities, allowing them to carry out work at TWI's headquarters in Cambridge using state-of-the-art equipment in dedicated laboratories.

Innovation Centres

Innovation Centres (ICs) focus on accelerating research in specialist disciplines. The centres are joint industry-research partnerships between TWI and academia, sharing research excellence and capabilities and undertaking joint research programmes to develop the next generation of technological innovations. Each centre focuses on a different area of industry research.

National Structural Integrity Research Centre

Each Innovation Centre is closely linked with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility, established and managed by TWI, which works closely with its industrial partners Lloyd’s Register Foundation and BP plc, and lead academic partner Brunel University London.

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.

Innovation Centres

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.

Funding

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  membership.dutymgr@twi.co.uk

Responding to the needs of industry and academia at TWI

Accelerated Innovation Programmes

As a source of ideas, knowledge, expertise, skills and research infrastructure for business, Accelerated Innovation Partnerships (AIPs) concentrate on the immediate interests of TWI’s Industrial Member organisations. Their aim it to develop and introduce sector-specific, safety and quality, or product and process advances to drive business forward with maximum effect, and help facilitate the spread of innovation in materials, joining and structural integrity.

Private Technology Innovation Partnerships

Working closely with research sponsors to address their technology priorities, Private Technology Innovation Partnerships (PTIPs) work towards the commercialisation of technology in partnership with various stakeholders such as manufacturers and material suppliers.

Funding

The Innovation Network has won millions of pounds in funding from InnovateUK and the European Commission to develop projects in oil and gas, power, transport, manufacturing, infrastructure, healthcare and other sectors, 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 contactus@twi.co.uk for more details.

For more information please email:


contactus@twi.co.uk