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Advancing research and development in the engineering industry

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.

It 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 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.

Accelerated Innovation Partnerships

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 is 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 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.

TWI Hellas Innovation Summit, Athens, Greece - 7 November 2019

Join TWI Innovation Network experts for an informative and stimulating day focused on exploring and exploiting new technologies and unlocking funding opportunities - free one-day event - find out more including how to register.

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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