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 are a selection of Swansea University based projects that have received funding to support collaboration.

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Accelerate Healthcare

The Healthcare Technology Centre is a proud partner of the £24 million pan-Wales Accelerate programme and supports the translation of promising ideas from the life science, health, and care sectors in Wales into new products, processes, and services, aiming to create long-lasting economic value alongside broader societal benefits.

Find out more about the Healthcare Technology Centre


Avenues of Commercialisation for Nano and Micro technologies (ACNM) supports companies with a need to expand and deliver on a company critical idea. Involvement in ACNM will access a Research team to work with you in delivering your idea and help drive the focus of your business forward. A new approach to innovation with EU and Welsh Government support, ACNM can help take your idea, product or research to the marketplace, and make your IP a commercial success.

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AgorIP is a new approach to innovation that can help bring your ideas and innovation to life.

AgorIP can help take your idea, product or research to the marketplace, and make your IP a commercial success. 

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AMBER is a €6.2 million research and innovation project led by Swansea University under Horizon 2020.

It aims to produce the first atlas of stream barriers in Europe and to restore stream connectivity through adaptive barrier management.

Find out more about AMBER


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.

Find out more about ASTUTE 2020

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Awen Institute

The Awen Institute brings together leading researchers with older people and the creative industries to co-produce products, services and environments for an increasing older population.

Find out more about The Awen Institute.


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.

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CALIN provides open access to a partnership between 6 world-class Universities in Wales & Ireland, Unilever and GE Healthcare to support product development through collaborative R&D in Precision Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Bio-Compatibility & Safety Evaluation.

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The Circular Economy Innovation Community (CEIC) project is funded to create regional collaborative innovation networks across public service organisations to collaborate to co-design solutions to challenges around implementing Circular Economy (CE) principles.

Participating organisations will enhance their innovation knowledge and skills and introduce new tools and techniques to enable their organisation to move towards a CE operating model, reduce costs and meet carbon reduction targets. 

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CHERISH DE Facilitates projects, research-impact visits & secondments through funding mechanisms designed to support the development of products and services that will lead to impact in Health and Social Care, Resource Constrained Communities and Safety & Security.

Find out more about CHERISH DE

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.

Find out more about ‌the Computational Foundry



DIPFSCC (Developing Innovation Performance in Firms and Supply Chain Clusters) is a Swansea University led SMARTExpertise project funded by the ERDF. It will address barriers to innovation and the development of new R&D with a Welsh-based manufacturing supply chain.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Materials and Manufacturing Education Training and Learning (METaL) provides technical work based training to businesses in the materials and manufacturing industry, up-skilling the workforce and ultimately helping secure sustainability for the Welsh industry.

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Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) is a £9.2m project led by ESRI, collaborating with businesses to test and drive forward next generation technologies to reduce carbon emissions from Welsh industry, turning those emissions into value added products and help drive a stronger and greener economy.

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Through SEACAMS 2, a £17m three year project, companies wanting to harness the sea’s power and create a sustainable marine energy industry in Wales can access the vital research support required to progress multi-million pound developments.

Find out more about SEACAMS 2


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.

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SMARTAQUA aims to expand non-food aquaculture businesses in Wales. Aquaculture – the production of aquatic organisms – is the world’s fastest growing food industry, but it is also highly competitive. In comparison, the non-food aquaculture industry (e.g. production of cleaner fish and nutraceuticals from algae) is a niche market, driven by science, where Wales can take the lead.

Find out more about SMARTAQUA