Science 2 Industry (S2I)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a research and innovation organisation at the forefront of UK Science and Technology. Through the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme, STFC is funding the University of Birmingham to deliver Science to Industry (S2I) in partnership with the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Funded by Bridging for Innovators, S2I is a new and innovative programme on a mission to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access world-class science and hi-tech expertise to overcome productprocess or R&D based technical challenges.

We are keen to learn about the technical challenges faced by industry across all sectors, and how our combined expertise can help provide a possible solution. By raising awareness and applying the scientific and technological know-how, S2I aims to drive innovation and productivity within your business. We are keen to support businesses across the Midlands region.

What does S2I offer an SME?

  • A unique pathway to access some of the most cutting-edge science and tech facilities the UK can offer
  • The programme also supports access to a community of over 2000 scientists, technologists and engineers read and waiting to solve your technical problems, offer comprehensive diagnostics and excellent advice
  • Access to grants for technical problem solving
  • We will work closely with you to understand your technical problem and the impact it has on your business
  • We will match you to an appropriate facility to achieve the desired outcome and offer hands-on support for the application process  
  • We will offer useful advice to maximise business growth
  • We offer support to SMEs across all sectors including: advanced manufacturing and engineering, agriculture, food and drink, professional business and finance, construction, digital economy, life sciences and medical technologies. 

Our partners and the cutting-edge capabilities they have to offer:


STFC is the Government's science and technology agency and has had a hand in creating the web, touch screen technology and discovering DNA to name just a few of their ground-breaking discoveries. STFC are opening their facilities and capabilities to SMEs to help tackle product, process and R&D based challenges. Capabilities include:     


The MTC provides a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, providing a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies in a low risk environment. Areas of expertise include: 

For further information on how S2I can help overcome challenges within your business please get in touch at:  

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