The Bridge Advanced Engineering R&D Centre is a collaborative scheme funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Greater Lincolnshire LEP and University of Lincoln.


The Bridge

Lincolnshire’s Advanced Engineering Materials R&D Centre

What we do

We link engineering and materials science businesses across the East Midlands and beyond both with each other and with experts at the University of Lincoln to undertake world-leading, collaborative research and development.

Materials Research

Addressing the advanced materials needs of the UK’s manufacturing sector through excellent R&D at the chemistry-engineering interface

Network Building

 Developing a consortium of industrial partners to share expertise, technologies & methods to drive critical mass

Training & CPD

Harnessing the academic excellence at the University of Lincoln to bring you specialist technical seminars and bespoke training courses


 Providing state-of-the-art materials and surface science instrumentation, including TEM, SEM & AFM plus many other analytical tools


Enabling unprecedented access to experts spanning engineering, chemistry, biology and more at the University of Lincoln 



Signposting local businesses to complementary expertise in other industry partners to add value to your research projects

Join the Consortium and start benefiting today

Get in touch with us to find out how we can help your business. We offer a free diagnostic meeting for all Lincolnshire SMEs. Use the dedicated contact page or fill in your details in the form later on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

Projects completed

Ongoing projects

Consortium Members

Laboratory techniques available

Architect's aerial impression of The Bridge building

Our new building is taking shape

We are constructing a bespoke home for advanced engineering and materials research at The University of Lincoln. Equipped with a range of specialist laboratories, we will also incorporate professional training facilities and an executive, innovation lounge.

Our Science

We have a wide range of scientific expertise and many years of experience using analytical and imaging instrumentation. Explore our capabilities in materials analysis, surface imaging and advanced engineering.

Two mechanical engineers work in the laboratory
Samples in a simultaneous thermal analyser
imaging of nanomaterials
Samples in a powder x-ray diffractometer

Latest news and events

There’s always lots going on at The Bridge. From focused user groups and cutting-edge research seminars, to exhibitions dedicated to specific industrial sectors or training courses on new methods and techniques. Read some of our news items to get a flavour of the diversity of things we do.

The Bridge’s Inaugural Atomic Force Microscopy Training Course

Join us to find out what atomic force microscopy is, how it works and, most importantly, explore the many benefits that nanoscale knowledge of surface characteristics can bring in your industrial applications.

Sustainable raw materials and green chemistry – breakfast seminar

Join us on Earth Day 2022 (April 22nd) to celebrate the drive to create sustainable raw materials through a variety of cutting edge process. Sign up to our latest virtual breakfast seminar now.

Metal Recyling – virtual breakfast seminar

In today’s throw-away society, our waste can contain many valuable materials – recycling these can give solutions that are more environmentally sustainable than constantly using primary resources. Find out the cutting edge in metal recycling at our next Breakfast Seminar.

Nanomaterials – virtual breakfast seminar

Join us for our 4th breakfast seminar focussing on novel nanomaterials and their uses

Let’s Start Something new
Say Hello!

Send us a message. Tell us about your business, your engineering problems and your scientific research needs. Let’s start a conversation and develop new innovative science together. Fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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