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Research and Innovation
NWCAM received more than €8.7 million in funding under INTERREG VA’s Research and Innovation theme. Successfully delivering 16 industry-focused R&D projects in the life and health sciences sector.
The North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NWCAM) project, which received more than €8.7 million in funding under INTERREG VA’s Research and Innovation theme, successfully delivered 16 industry-focused R&D projects in the life and health sciences
(LHS) sector through collaboration between industry and academic partners. Led and facilitated by Catalyst, a not-for-profit organisation, NWCAM was established as a trans-regional virtual centre of advanced manufacturing research concentrated in the LHS sector. The research covered four advanced manufacturing themes: additive manufacturing, advanced polymers, nano manufacturing, and sustainable manufacturing. NWCAM’s vision was to support highly skilled, value-adding, innovative industries to compete in a global marketplace and to grow a cross-border ‘super cluster’ of geographically concentrated, interconnected organisations. To this end, NWCAM linked R&D capabilities within Northern Ireland, western Scotland and the border areas of Ireland.
The virtual cross-border centre combined the collective and complementary research expertise and capabilities of 10 industry partners and four academic partners to facilitate the development and delivery of world-leading research projects. The academic capabilities of the project were facilitated through Ulster University, the Institute of Technology in Sligo*, the University of Glasgow and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology*.
More than 55 university researchers were involved in the delivery of the 16 projects which focused on the creation of innovative solutions to challenges faced by industry partners. Through INTERREG VA funding, a legacy of skilled talent has been established within the Programme area. For example, the project enabled skills development in staff with regards to particular manufacturing techniques, processes and technologies; research and scientific skills; challenges faced by industry; commercialisation; and industry 4.0; and delivered the equivalent of 104 years of PhD-level research.
*As of April 2022, the Atlantic Technological University