The Structural Integrity Research Foundation (SIRF) launched in 2012 to provide a platform for industrially led strategic research and development initiatives, and to date includes the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and the TWI Innovation Network encompassing Innovation Centres and Accelerated Innovation Programmes.
The Foundation is an industry-funded partnership, looking at engineering development across a range of industry sectors and tailoring a series of initiatives in response to commercial need.
The role of SIRF is to:
- set the direction of industrially driven research in its field
- carry out fundamental research through a suite of initiatives linking industry with academia
- establish an education and research centre for postgraduate research, and to train postgraduate students as a talent pool for industry recruitment.