University of Cambridge

The Maxwell Centre

UKRPIF award: £21 million
Officially opened: April 2016

The Maxwell Centre is the centrepiece of the University of Cambridge’s industrial engagement with the physical sciences.

Research within the centre is developed to meet short and long-term industry objectives, and cutting-edge ‘blue skies’ research focused on sustainability, supported by the centre’s strategic partner and co-investor the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability. The centre has also received co-investment support from industrial partners including Hitachi and Toshiba.

The Maxwell Centre is home to a number of industrial and academic partnerships which University of Cambridge plays a key role, including:

  • The Cambridge site of the Henry Royce Institute, a national, multi-university centre for research and innovation of advanced materials
  • The Faraday Institution, a £65m Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund initiative into battery research and technology, led by 7 universities working with industry partners
  • Two Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) award supported construction of the 4,960m2 building, which includes office and laboratory space, and a dedicated area for collaborative projects with industrial partners.

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