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Artist's impression of the GEIC

Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC)

The University's other world-class, multi-million pound centre will see industry-led development in graphene applications in partnership with academics.

Opened in 2018, the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) will be an international research and technology facility.

Together, the NGI and GEIC will provide an unrivalled critical mass of graphene expertise. The two facilities will reinforce Manchester's position as a globally leading knowledge-base in graphene research and commercialisation.

Masdar is pleased to be partnering with The University of Manchester, which has world-leading academic and research credentials. With potential applications for graphene across major industries, we are confident that together we can pioneer the use of this ground-breaking material.

Dr Ahmad Belhoul / Chief Executive Officer, Masdar

GEIC funding

  • £15m - Higher Education Funding Council for England's UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). 
  • £30m - Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company owned by Mubadala.
  • £5m - Innovate UK.
  • £5m - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • £5m - Local Growth Fund.

GEIC Advisory Panel

The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre Industry Advisory Panel has been set up to guide the early stage planning for The University of Manchester's second graphene facility.

A broad range of industrial partners are supporting the design and implementation of the GEIC and its business model.

The GEIC advisory panel

I was very impressed by the scale and vision of what Manchester is trying to achieve. The key for companies like BAE Systems, who will be long-term users of graphene, is the capability to move quickly, and the GEIC will allow the University to do that.

Steve Harris / Head of University Collaboration, BAE Systems