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ASTUTE 2020

What does ASTUTE 2020 do?


ASTUTE 2020 will collaborate with the High-Value Manufacturing industry in West Wales & the Valleys (WWV) to stimulate transformational & sustainable growth by facilitating and de-risking the development and adoption of advanced technologies, increasing competitiveness and future proofing.


ASTUTE 2020 – Industry projects will:

  • be demand-led by industry
  • require a Research Challenge in Computational Engineering Modelling, Advanced Materials Technology or Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • involve Collaborationso that the companies and the Universities share the inputs, outputs and risks. Knowledge Transfer projects under De minimis or GBER can also be considered

How can ASTUTE 2020 work with companies?


Proposals for collaborative RD&I or knowledge transfer projects will be developed by the industrial partner and a dedicated ASTUTE 2020 technical manager and require approval by an industrial-academic committee before a project can proceed. Find out more about the process here.

Who can work with ASTUTE 2020?


Companies in WWV. Companies outside of WWV can be considered if the economic benefit of the RD&I project is realised in WWV in a bigger partnership.

What is the cost of receiving this support?


In a collaborative RD&I project the company and ASTUTE 2020 will share the inputs, outputs, and risks. Both will invest staff time, materials etc. Each partner will cover their own costs.

ASTUTE 2020 does not provide cash grants to companies.

How long are ASTUTE 2020’s RD&I projects?


From a few weeks to three years depending on the scale of the research requirement.

What are the IP arrangements?  


IP arrangements are discussed on a case by case basis. Generally, IP created in a collaborative project is shared between the parties in proportion to their inputs. 

Are there any other requirements?


Throughout the project, the companies will be expected to collect evidence for economic impact and state aid compliance as required by our funding agency.