Translational research & innovation facilities

Our translational research centres bridge the gap between industry needs and curiosity-driven academic research.

They're led by industrial partners and boost levels of innovation and skills across specific sectors. Businesses can work with the centres on a one-off project, or join as a member for a long-term collaboration.

AMRCAdvanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing

The AMRC with Boeing is dedicated to working with manufacturing businesses, from global aerospace giants to local SMEs. It has become a model for research centres worldwide and is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

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Mercury CentreMercury Centre

The Mercury Centre provides a complete advanced manufacturing solution from design and modelling of components, through to manufacture and materials characterisation. They focus on transferring these technologies to the region and developing a fundamental understanding of the process.

View the Mercury Centre's industry case studies

ScHARR Knowledge ExchangeSchool of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (IKT) allows ScHARR to utilise the impact of their research by applying their expert knowledge and skills in the real world of health and social care. Their support covers private industry, public and third sectors as well as other policy, decision-making and academic collaborations in health.

View ScHARR's industry testimonials

MAMRCMedical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (MAMRC)

The aim of the MAMRC is to enable businesses to access the science base and medical practitioners required to develop innovative products in the medical devices, connected healthcare and assistive technology sectors. The Medical AMRC is supported by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund designed to streghten & enrich the economy of the Sheffield City Region

View the HEFCE Catalyst Fund overview


Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH)

The Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare is a translational research centre at the University of Sheffield. Their aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to the quality of life and independence of the growing number of people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

View CATCH's current projects

Proposed future translational research centres

The Sir Henry Royce Translational Centre - The proposed Sir Henry Royce Translational Centre will allow Sheffield City region manufacturing companies to adopt next generation technology in the manufacturing of advanced engineering products and components: the technology of producing and processing metal powders. This translational centre (which will be complementary to the new Royce research centre in Sheffield) is a separate purpose built Centre dedicated to translation.

Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) - The proposed Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) will create a world-leading facility for the testing of large engineering structures under real life vibration conditions. This facility, capitalising upon the University's globally recognised expertise in this field, will offer radical improvement in product design, operation and lifetime for engineering structures in many sectors including aerospace, automotive, medical engineering, civil engineering and energy. Located on the AMP2, as a flagship facility within the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, it would accessible to engineering SMEs, large enterprises and would attract inward investment.

The integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR) - The proposed integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR) will provide an industry facing innovation hub that leverages our regional innovation capacity in advanced manufacturing and engineering to solve national civil engineering and infrastructure challenges. The opportunity for business growth in infrastructure is illustrated by the UK's National Infrastructure Plan which forecasts £375Bn of infrastructure investment (in transport such as HS2, Crossrail2 and energy, particular nuclear power generation). Also, given the scale of UK infrastructure assets (trillions of pounds) there are major business opportunities in innovations that allow extended life usage of existing assets.