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ASTUTE 2020

What does ASTUTE 2020 do?


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

ASTUTE 2020 already operates across North and West Wales and the South Wales Valleys. Thanks to an extra EU funding boost, it will now be rolled out to support businesses across the rest of Wales, including Cardiff, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Powys, Flintshire and Wrexham.

4 Key Principles of ASTUTE 2020


Industry Support

ASTUTE 2020 enables greater levels of business innovation in future manufacturing processes by:

  • Industry demand-led collaborations to de-risk new technologies.
  • Driving and supporting cutting-edge Research, Development and Innovation
  • Increasing competitiveness and future proofing
  • Encouraging stimulation of ideas and challenges to foster knowledge exchange
  • Harness world-class academic expertise combined with highly qualified researchers and technical experts
  • Provides unique access to state-of-the-art facilities and experimental equipment
  • Stimulates growth through applying intelligent systems, advanced techniques and bespoke software.

Manufacturing Focus

Industry projects focusing on the research challenge with world-class expertise in the areas of:

  • Advanced Materials Technology
  • Computational Engineering Modelling
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Collaborative Projects

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

Who can ASTUTE 2020 Support?

Manufacturing companies in Wales across a variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, energy generation, oil and gas, medical devices, electronics and food etc. . Companies outside of Wales can be considered if the economic benefit of the RD&I project is realised in Wales 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.