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Bridge to Business Innovation

Work with us to drive innovation in your business and join our growing networks of science and engineering professionals.

We help you access technologies and methods at the forefront of research to create R&D solutions, to provide effective problem solving, and to develop your workforce through accredited training.

Hosted by the University of Lincoln, Bridge is a not-for-profit facility with specialist spaces hosting advanced instrumentation, purpose-built laboratories, and training and innovation suites designed to ease access for businesses to all aspects of materials innovation.


  • Materials Synthesis Laboratory with walk-in fume hoods
  • Materials Evaluation for sample processing
  • Materials testing and analysis
  • Category 6 Clean Room environment
  • Data processing environment
  • Professional Development Centre
  • Open Innovation Lounge
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With interlinked programmes, each designed to increase businesses’ competitiveness, Bridge promotes innovation to all businesses (from SMEs to multinationals) and connects regional and international supply chains to cutting-edge materials science and engineering.

We deliver collaborative enterprise in a new-build facility through support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP). Bridge operates from the University of Lincoln with an experienced team of R&D specialists working alongside a consortium of business professionals and the University’s academic community.

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noun ‘brij’

a structure carrying a pathway or roadway over a depression or obstacle; something that makes it easier to make a change from one situation to another.

Following £6.2M of funding from the European Union, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, and University of Lincoln, Bridge is a new build, cutting-edge, R&D facility located in the heart of the historic city of Lincoln. The centre consists of 6 bespoke laboratories with dedicated infrastructure and instrumentation, as well as a 40-seat professional development centre.

Our laboratories are designed to ensure we can meet the needs of fast-paced industry and address your advanced materials needs and that of the wider UK’s manufacturing sector.

About The Building
The Bridge building

Bridge provides access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and laboratory workspaces. Our scientists and engineers are experienced in delivering cutting edge insight into advanced materials, including:

  • Morphology, topology and elemental composition and distribution using advanced electron microscopy
  • Surface speciation and performance with advanced atomic force microscopy and tribology testing methods
  • Molecular speciation, stability and transformation with advanced molecular spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry
  • Materials structure and process modification with in-situ X-ray diffraction and thermo-spectroscopic methods
  • Simulating and correlating product performance with innovative computational methods
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