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Advancing research and development in the engineering industry

The TWI Innovation Network was formed as a result of investment in buildings, equipment and research projects. 

This investment was part of the formation of the Structural Integrity Research Foundation (SIRF), funded by Lloyds Register Foundation, BP, TWI, Research England and the RGF. he open innovation ecosystem pulls together university researchers, TWI staff and industrial end users to work on research across the full range of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1-9.

The Innovation Network is unique in its ability to take technologies from basic principles through to operational deployment. Technologies are examined at each TRL stage by a team of specialists with the knowledge and experience of delivering cutting edge innovations in structural integrity. Overall, the approach maximises the impact of investment in research in the development of living standards, business, enterprise, and growing economies.


The Network has four sections:

  • The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC); a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. It works closely with its industrial partners, Lloyd’s Register Foundation and BP plc, and lead academic partner Brunel University London.
  • Innovation Centres (ICs), each focused 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.
  • Accelerated Innovation Partnerships (AIPs); a source of ideas, knowledge, expertise, skills and research infrastructure for business, focusing on the immediate interests of TWI’s Industrial Member organisations.
  • Private Technology Innovation Partnerships (PTIPs), working closely with Research Sponsors to address their technology priorities and working towards the commercialisation of technology in partnership with various stakeholders e.g. manufacturers and material suppliers. 
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Innovation Centres


Academic research delivered in an industrial environment

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Accelerated Innovation Programmes


TWI Member research collaborations to meet strategic needs