The Northwest Centre for Advance Manufacturing (NWCAM) is funded (€8.7m) by SEUPB Interreg VA with IT Sligo's PEM Research Centre receiving approximately €1m in research funding. The overall programme currently funds 11 Postdocs and 13 PhDs for 9 industry projects.. IT Sligo has recruited 2 postdocs and 2 PhDs for Industrial research projects involving Abbott and GSK in Sligo, however IT Sligo also have co-supervisory PhD commitments across the other PhD projects as well.The primary objective of the programme is to underpin academic collaboration across the Interreg VA regions with a focus on supporting enterprise R&D requirements within the respective regions. There are 4 thematic areas for the project, Additive Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, Advanced Polymer products, Nano –Manufacturing.
NW CAM Objectives
Increase the level of cross-border collaboration throughout the region eligible for Interreg funding (NI, ROI & West Scotland), focused on Research & Innovation (R&I) for Advanced Manufacturing.
Increase the number of Life & Health Sciences sector companies engaged in commercially driven, cross-border Advanced Manufacturing R&I;
Further develop the regional economy through the development of new products and/or processes within the Life & Health Sciences Sector; developed as a result of the application of Advanced Manufacturing technologies;
Increase the awareness of the potential of Advanced Manufacturing as an enabling technology within the Life & Health Sciences Sector and other sectors key to the Region’s current and future economic success.
PEM leadership within NW CAM
The PEM Research Centre is leading out the Sustainable Manufacturing theme but will also have involvement across the other project areas as well. The project partners include Catalyst , IT Sligo, University of Ulster, LyIT, and University of Glasgow, Derry City and Strabane District Council
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