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Structural Integrity Research Foundation

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.

SIRF began as a partnership between TWI, BP and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) with the aim of developing world-leading structural integrity resources in the form of facilities, people and skills, as well as application-focused programmes of work, which meet recognised academic and business standards of excellence.

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

For more information, please email

For more information please email: