26 June 2020
CSconnected funded through UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund
The UK Government has announced the first wave of funding through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF), in which a major £43.74m project with South Wales’ compound semiconductor cluster has been approved and will be supported by £25.44m funding.
Comprising a cluster of academic institutions, innovation organizations and industrial partners, the CSconnected project is based on integrating research excellence with the unique regional supply chains in advanced semiconductor manufacturing. Its primary aim is to develop a competitive advantage in key enabling technologies which will allow the UK to increase trade globally in critical sectors such as communications, 5G, autonomous and electric vehicles, medical devices.
Project partners include: Cardiff University (lead partner); Cardiff Capital Region City Deal; Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult; Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC); IQE plc; MicroLink Devices UK Ltd; Newport Wafer Fab (NWF); Rockley Photonics; Swansea University; SPTS Technologies; and Welsh Government. Activities are to be coordinated by CSconnected Ltd.
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for Wales and the UK, providing a unique opportunity to harness the excellent research and innovation capabilities in a way that translates into world-class UK based manufacturing for new and emerging global technology markets,“ says CSC director Dr Wyn Meredith, lead author of the SIPF application.