£92m funding for key manufacturing research Hubs
Two £10m manufacturing research Hubs that will address major long-term challenges facing the UK’s manufacturing industries, and capture opportunities from emerging research, have been announced by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson.
Based at the University of Southampton and Brunel University in London, the Hubs will work in collaboration with academics at universities across the country and are funded for the next seven years by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Each will have a programme of innovative research in the engineering and physical sciences, related to the challenges in commercialising early stage research.
The Hubs will feature high quality, multidisciplinary research, that has strong engagement with manufacturing industries, and will take a leadership role in their national network. And EPSRC’s £20m investment will be enhanced by £14m from the universities and a further £58m from industry.
“From cars to smartphones our world-leading research drives innovation and growth in the UK’s manufacturing industries,” said Jo Johnson. “With this £92m investment, these new manufacturing hubs will develop the next generation of high tech products in communications and healthcare, as well as tackle industry challenges such as rising materials costs.”