Research Expertise

Collaborate With Us

We can work with you to develop your business and improve your competitiveness through research collaborationand knowledge exchange projects.  Our six colleges have thriving research communities, carrying out groundbreaking research at our research centres – in many cases, as part of multidisciplinary collaborative groups. 

EU Structural Funded Projects

EU Structural Funded Projects

Between 2014–2020, Wales will benefit from around £1.8bn European Structural Funds investment.  The EU Structural Funds help support people into work and training, youth employment, research and innovation, business (SMEs) competitiveness, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and connectivity and urban development.

The following Swansea University based projects have received EU Structural Funds (2014 - 2020) through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).


ASTUTE 2020 provides businesses with leading Research, Development & Innovation support to develop and deliver collaborative industrially inspired projects in Computational Engineering Modelling, Advanced Materials Technology & Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

Computational Foundry

‌‌The Computational Foundry will drive research into computational science and make Wales a global destination for computational scientists and industrial partners.  Building work on the Foundry is due to begin in November with occupation from September 2018.


KESS 2 offers scholarships for collaborative research projects. Based within Welsh Universities, the scheme will partner 500+ businesses with academics & postgraduate research students to develop innovative research projects, driving business growth.


Materials and Manufacturing Education Training and Learning (metal) addresses a skills shortage in materials and manufacturing through the provision of technical work based learning, up-skilling the workforce and ultimately helping secure sustainability for Welsh industry.


The BEACON+ project supports scientists from Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities in working with 100+SMEs to develop research and product innovation within renewable materials, fuels and chemicals.                                                                                       

ION Leadership

The ION leadership programme (Leading Business Growth West Wales) is designed to develop and enhance the leadership skills of owners, managers and key decision-makers of businesses.  Delivered by business experts, the courses are based on practical, experiential learning.


The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) provides industry led postgraduate research training in the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing. M2A is able to offer 24 EngD places and 8 MSc research places per year along with part-time PhD and masters.


SPECIFIC is an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University with Tata Steel, NSG Pilkington and BASF as strategic partners. At its heart is the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK and the Welsh Government.

Examples of industry collaboration

Our collaborative research links with industry are among the best in the UK. Here is a sample of some of the innovative industry focused projects the University is delivering.

Algal Biotechnology

The Algal KTC is able to support a range of enterprises. Find out more about the types of businesses we work with and some of our current collaborative projects.



The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating carries out world leading research focused on investigating printing and coating as a manufacturing process.

Centre for Nanohealth

A £21m joint initiative between the School of Medicine and School of Engineering at Swansea University.