Academic Expertise for Business


​Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) is a programme of support aimed at unlocking the commercial potential of Wales’ Higher and Further Education Institutions.

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 Transfer Centres.

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 individual patients.

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.