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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


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. The process for approval of industrial projects consists of two stages: Stage 1 is an assessment by the local Principal Investigator; Stage 2 (assessment by the Project Committee) can only commence after approval in Stage 1. 

The Project Committee consists of representation from Swansea and Cardiff Universities and industry representation from Industry Wales and MAKE UK - the Manufacturers' Organisation as well as representation from Aberystwyth University, University of South Wales and University of Wales Trinity Saint David for higher value projects.   

Proposals will be assessed by the Project Committee on the following criteria:

  • the advanced manufacturing innovation opportunity
  • the research challenge
  • value for money

Industrial collaborations that have been approved by the Project Committee can be viewed here