HEFCE Catalyst Fund

Together we are transforming lives, strengthening the economy, and enriching our society.

Enhancing the anchor role of higher education in the Sheffield City Region and beyond through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) catalyst fund.

About the catalyst

Through a combination of HEFCE and private sector matched funding - we are implementing a programme of research partnership activities designed to build on the region's strengths and competitive advantages.

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HEFCE blog - Sheffield University: an economic anchor

Sarah Want, Director of Regional Engagement and Partnerships, provided HEFCE's latest blog article on the University's role as an anchor institution and the impact of the HEFCE Catalyst Fund.

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Medical AMRC Interns

Student companies tackle real medical challenges

10 students formed 2 companies at the Medical AMRC as part of the HEFCE Graduate Entrepreneur Programme. This film documents their journey throughout the year and the solutions they developed.


Industrial & translational postgraduate student collaboration programme

The HEFCE Catalyst fund enabled PhD students to undertake short collaborative, 3-12 month projects with businesses and industrial partners, in the health technologies and medical devices sectors.

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Student placements

Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Developing innovative products in the medical devices, connected healthcare and assistive technology sectors. Engineering for the healthcare industry of tomorrow.

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Medical Man

Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare

Developing, evaluating and implementing new user-friendly technologies to enable people to live well and age well.


CATCH - Innovative technology for independent living
CATCH - Innovative technology for independent living
AMRC with Boeing: An Innovative Partnership
AMRC with Boeing: An Innovative Partnership