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Made Smarter Research Centres are a key component of the UK's approach to the commercialisation of emerging technologies through creating early-stage, transformative innovation ideas, covering both technological and societal aspects.

So we’re creating a number of specific, targeted research centres to drive growth, focus and engagement across innovation.

Made Smarter Research Centres
  • InterAct

    InterAct, based in Loughborough University, seeks to “pioneer human insight for industry” and is a call to arms for academics from the social sciences to support the innovation and diffusion of digital technologies that will result in a stronger, more resilient UK manufacturing industry.

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  • Research Centre for Smart, Collaborative Industrial Robotics

    Research Centre for Smart, Collaborative Industrial Robotics, based in Loughborough, Strathclyde, Cranfield, Bristol and Warwick Universities, will look to eliminate barriers to adopting robotics and accelerate their widespread use in manufacturing.

  • Centre for People-Led Digitalisation

    Centre for People-Led Digitalisation, based in Bath, Nottingham and Loughborough Universities, aims to achieving the highest level of manufacturing productivity by increasing the digital knowledge and awareness of manufacturers.

  • Research Centre for Connected Factories

    Research Centre for Connected Factories, based in Nottingham, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities, will work to create a ‘Morphing Factory’ where production can be easily repurposed in response to changing market demand, for example, during the pandemic when drinks manufacturers have transformed their production lines to make hand sanitiser.

  • Digital Medicines Manufacturing Research Centre

    Digital Medicines Manufacturing Research Centre, based in Strathclyde, Cambridge and Loughborough Universities, aims to create digital supply chains that enable medicines to be supplied on demand and enable clinical trials to operate more flexibly.

  • Materials Made Smarter Research Centre

    Materials Made Smarter Research Centre, based in Strathclyde, Cambridge and Loughborough Universities, will work on overcoming technological challenges preventing adoption of new materials and manufacturing processes needed to become more sustainable and help achieve net-zero emissions.

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