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Supporting Engineering and Advanced Materials Research in Wales 

The Sêr Cymru Research Network in Engineering is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through Welsh Government. The network has representation from all 8 of the Welsh Universities and our aim is to support and grow university research in the areas of engineering, technology and advanced materials. Application-focused research conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners, is a key part of our portfolio as we endeavour to deliver high impact work of economic and societal benefit.

We support a wide range of initiatives such as workshops, collaborative exploratory research events, seminars, research visits and industrial liaison. The Engineering Research Network represents over 400 academics and provides a community-led programme that is enhancing and expanding research capability through collective application of our technological know-how and facilities in Wales. 

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Network Activities

Catalyst Fund >>


The ERNW Catalyst Fund is available to researchers in engineering and science who can apply for up to £1500 towards the organisation and facilities costs for meetings arranged to enable collaboration with other Welsh Universities on a potential research topic related to the Network. The funding is also available for meetings with European collaborators for potential Horizon Europe projects. 
Researcher Directory >>


Researchers at ERNW partner organisations can join our researcher directory.
Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century online conference - February 2022 >>  
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The three Research Network Wales came together to host this online event on with presentations on 15 and 16 February as well as two weeks of open-plan brokerage time where attendees and presenters could network, hold 1:1 meetings and organise informal breakout discussion sessions. The event enabled connections between researchers, potential industry partners and other stakeholders with a view to tapping into the funding opportunities within the €95.5 billion Horizon Europe programme.
The need for investment into the Welsh research landscape >>


The three Research Network Wales produced a joint briefing on the need for investment into the Welsh research landscape has been produced and was discussed with the Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales, previously Professor Peter Halligan, in a first step toward laying out a vision for the future of networking and research in Wales.
Re-launch event - June 2021 >>

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During this first short introductory event we heard about the planned activities of the relaunched Network, found out how the Welsh Government Horizon Europe Unit can support you with your research funding bids and met the representatives of the partner organisations and their research focus.

Read more about our previous Network research and activities:

Research >>

Case Studies >>

Publications >>


Engineering Wales Conference 2018 >>

Engineering Wales Conference 2017 >>

Benefits to Industry >>


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