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The Bridge

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The Bridge project involves several interlinked strands, each designed to increase competitiveness of the region’s SME cohort. We invite both Greater Lincolnshire-based and national businesses to join us to benefit from a smoother path to working with academia, access to cutting edge engineering and materials science technologies and specialist training.

We link engineering and materials science businesses across the East Midlands and beyond both with each other and with experts at the University of Lincoln to undertake world-leading, collaborative research and development.

Materials Research

Addressing the advanced materials needs of the UK’s manufacturing sector through excellent R&D at the chemistry-engineering interface

Network Building

Developing a consortium of industrial partners to share expertise, technologies & methods to drive critical mass

Training & CPD

Harnessing the academic excellence at the University of Lincoln to bring you specialist technical seminars and bespoke training courses


Providing state-of-the-art materials and surface science instrumentation, including TEM, SEM & AFM plus many other analytical tools


Enabling unprecedented access to experts spanning engineering, chemistry, biology and more at the University of Lincoln 


Signposting local businesses to complementary expertise in other industry partners to add value to your research projects

Bridging the gap between SMEs and academic expertise

Accessing appropriate scientific and engineering expertise can be difficult. The Bridge are here specifically to enable collaborations between Lincolnshire’s valuable business community and local academics.

By providing a central innovation hub, shared access laboratory facilities and dedicated scientific business liaison staff, we are the one-stop-shop for academic-industry relations in materials science.

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