Research at our core

Research is at the core of the HVM Catapult, whether in the commercialisation of early stage technology or in developing brand new techniques, materials and machines for industry.

In our work, we collaborate with a broad range of academic and industry partners to translate research into economic impact. By accelerating research outputs to commercialisation and keeping researchers aware of industry demand, we successfully bridge the gap to bring innovative new products and processes to market. Our 1,389 engagements with UK academia in 2019/20 show our immense strength in reaching across the research-industry divide. Here are a few examples of our work with the research community.

<p>UK Manufacturing Forum</p>

UK Manufacturing Forum

Jointly hosted with the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University, the UK Manufacturing Forum (UKMF) has become a centrepiece of the annual calendar for a broad swath of the UK’s manufacturing community, from both industry and academia. December 2019 saw the third annual event, bringing together over 150 researchers and innovators to collaborate on projects, strengthen networks and build roadmaps for future industry needs. Starting with the aerospace and food and drink sectors, these roadmaps for technological development are identifying sectoral needs and translating these into challenges the research community can conquer.


Providing a focus for collectively exploring opportunities in manufacturing, the UKMF promises to grow year on year. This will draw more of the UK’s world-leading manufacturing community together to progress towards collective goals, generate collaborative plans for national challenges, and address the barriers and opportunities in industrial commercialisation. The UKMF is proving key to maximizing the return for the UK of its world-class research base.

<p>Researchers in Residence </p>

Researchers in Residence

Every researcher has their own unique knowledge set, bringing with them ideas and approaches that could benefit the UK. That is why collaboration and co-creation remains at the heart of the HVM Catapult’s activity. Our Researcher in Residence programme is testament to this, bringing leading academics from across the country into our Centres to undertake research into the technologies that will provide the much-needed impact for the UK economy.


In 2019/20, we hosted 24 Researchers in Residence, accelerating our impact-focused projects and exchanging knowledge across institutional boundaries. One such researcher is Professor Jim Scrivens, of Teesside University, who brought his specialist expertise in mass spectrometry to biotherapeutics and viral vectors at CPI. With future work focusing on establishing a regional mass spectrometry network, these opportunities provide enormous gains for the UK and its regions.

Other highlights

Future Manufacturing Research Hubs

The AMRC are taking a leading role in a number of Future Manufacturing Research Hubs – collaborative research projects for addressing the major long-term challenges facing manufacturing industries. In association with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and other organisations, they are active in Hubs for advanced metrology, electrical machines manufacturing and advanced powder processes.

Our Centres

Our centres are also key partners in the EPSRC Centres of Doctoral Training, providing a pipeline of research capable of solving future industrial challenges and helping to build a resilient manufacturing industry for the future in the UK.

Driving the Electric Revolution

Following a successful joint bid for the ‘Driving the Electric Revolution’ (DER) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, all seven of our Centres are part of a national consortium bent on allowing the UK to seize the economic opportunities from the global transition to clean technologies and electrification. Working alongside 23 universities and two other Catapults, the HVM Catapult’s DER team has been able to identify and leverage existing UK capability to support the development of a national programme to address future industrial need.

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