Foster + Partners is part of the pioneering new InnoChain research network, comprising of six leading European research institutions and 14 industry partners. The network has been awarded a 4 million Euro grant from the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – more than 1,000 proposals were submitted, of which just 94 networks achieved funding.
The InnoChain network will run for four years, starting in September 2015, and the grant will fund 15 new doctoral positions, three of which will be based in Foster + Partners. The focus of this research will be “Building Innovation in the Extended Digital Chain” – the development of new inter-disciplinary design methods that combine advanced simulation and material fabrication to create smarter, more efficient material solutions. The network will create a structured training programme focused on individual research projects, supervised by experienced researchers and enriched through an inter-sector secondment programme with industry partners.
The InnoChain academic partners: CITA, Centre for IT and Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture; Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart; IOA, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Royal Institute of Technology; Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.
The InnoChain industry partners: Foster + Partners; White Arkitekter AB; BIG; HENN GmbH; ROK GmbH; Cloud 9 SL; Buro Happold; str.ucture GmbH; designtoproduction GmbH; Smith Innovation; Blumer-Lehmann AG; S-Form; Factum Arte Desarrollos Digitales SL; McNeel Europe SL.