Current funding awards
The SPECIFIC (Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovation in Functional Coatings) project is a unique research and development facility consisting of a multidisciplinary, international consortium led by staff from the MRC within the College of Engineering and Tata Steel. The £20 million project includes a £9.5 million award from the EPSRC and TSB to develop functional coatings to turn buildings into power stations. SPECIFIC is based in a state-of-the-art facility close to the University campus incorporating new laboratories and offices and housing 55 researchers from the University and industry.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced that the SPECIFIC project will receive £1.65 million in collaborative research funding. Read more about the funding and how it will be used.
The EPSRC Strategic Partnership in Structural Materials for Gas Turbines in collaboration with Rolls-Royce is a major initiative designed to extend the capability of existing high temperature metallic systems and develop novel alloys for potential use within a twenty-year horizon (the so called “Vision 20” materials). In partnership with Birmingham and Cambridge universities, this £50 million scheme supports post- doctoral level research and a Doctoral Training Centre with a rolling cohort of approximately 30 EngD and PhD students at Swansea University. Key supply chain industries are also engaged, including TIMET, the leading producer of commercial titanium products in Europe and TWI (Wales) a centre of excellence for the non- destructive inspection of aerospace materials.
The College of Engineering has been selected as one of five universities in the UK to host a new EPSRC-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre in Manufacturing Engineering. MATTER (Manufacturing Advances through Training Engineering Researchers) is an exciting new venture that will support 26 EngD students over the next four years. MATTER has been developed to provide doctoral level research in advanced manufacturing across three themes: aerospace, automotive and packaging. These themes are critical manufacturing areas for the UK economy and the development and improvement of new manufacturing processes and products will ensure the rapid growth and competitiveness of these sectors.
EngD activity focusing on functional coatings is supported by the Doctoral centre called COATED (Centre Of Advanced Training for Engineering Doctorates). COATED is joint funded by EPSRC and WEFO and provides funding to recruit 21 EngD students between 2012 and 2014.
Through our excellent long-term links with major companies, we receive funding from our main collaborators: