The targeted research programme is focused on the medium-to-long term NDE requirements of member companies, as well as fulfilling RCNDE’s strategic objectives. Research is co-funded but with very high leverage of public funds throughout. The choice of projects depends on the interests of the members. The Management Board confirms the selection and oversee the projects on behalf of the members.
EPSRC typically provides 50% of the total funding for these projects and funding will also be sought from other government schemes where appropriate. Some of the targeted research projects have involved collaborative research with universities outside the main academic consortium to broaden the scientific resource.
Where synergies are identified between members’ requirements and organisations elsewhere in Europe, the Centre seeks to set up international collaborations in order to apply for EU funds. The Centre also seeks collaborations further afield where there are clear benefits to the Centre.