Research Expertise

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As a major research-led institution, we can help you problem solve and develop & test new products and services to give you that competititve edge.  

Our major research strengths include innovation in manufacturing, materials, low carbon buildings, modelling & design, medical devices & nanotechnology, software and ICT.

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Swansea Innovations - Accessing Technology & Expertise

SwanseaInnovations-webSwansea Innovations is a wholly owned subsidiary of Swansea University, which manages the pipeline of exciting inventions and ideas emerging from the University’s research base.  

To review a selection of our technologies, research consultants and spinout companies, please visit the Swansea Innovations website:

EEN Wales - Supporting Innovation and Growth

EENWalesWeb‌EEN is the largest SME network in the world.  A vast community of 600 business development offices, it covers 60 countries.  

Based within Swansea University, EEN Wales offers Welsh businesses trans-national business introductions and vetting services to support a range of collaborative activities.

Areas of focus include commercial trade, emerging technologies and the facilitation of innovative research activities.

Supporting Businesses with EU Structural Funded Projects

Supporting Businesses with 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.


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.                                                                                       

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Centre for Nanohealth

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


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