Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) is a programme of support aimed at
unlocking the commercial potential of Wales’ Higher and Further Education
Managed by the Welsh Government and supported by EU convergence funding, the
programme works closely with Wales’ academic institutions to help harness the
knowledge, expertise and facilities that exist within academia and convert this
into economic benefit for Wales.
Funded through the A4B programme, Knowledge Transfer Centres provide an
effective interface between academia and Welsh business - providing access to
research, development, expertise, facilities and knowledge that are both current
and relevant to a wide range of technology led businesses. Jointly and
individually these centres are proven to be central to the creation and
diffusion of knowledge in Wales, through;
The provision of expert advice and guidance on specialist issues
The demonstrations of specialist equipment and new research ideas
Undertaking R&D projects in collaboration with industry.
Cardiff Met has achieved significant success in winning A4B funding. In
particular, it has secured funding of £1.3m to establish three new Knowledge
User-Centric Design – Aimed at improving the performance of products
and services developed by Welsh-based companies through the application of the
latest intellectual and technical resources in user-centric design.
Patient Specific Medical Product Development Centre - This KTC aims to
assist medical manufacturing companies to develop bespoke products for
Service Design - The project is focussed on advanced manufacturing
companies, with the objective of providing a practical route, through service
design, to increased competitiveness as we emerge from economic recession.