1. NWCAM Life and Health Sciences Industry Sector Survey

The growth of the regional economy depends on our ability to develop highly skilled, value-adding innovative industries that can compete in a global marketplace. The newly formed North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing or “NWCAM” supported by EU Interreg VA funding aims to do just that. NWCAM is a virtual cross border centre providing a collaborative support structure to bring applied research expertise and capabilities in advanced manufacturing from 4 world class research institutions to a number of start-ups, SMEs and multinational companies in the Life and Health Sciences (L&HS) sector.

Our vision is to enhance the innovation ecosystem across three specific geographical regions i.e. Northern Ireland, the border region of Ireland and the West of Scotland (the Region) where an underinvestment in manufacturing research and development has severely affected the growth of indigenous companies. NWCAM’s core objectives include; increasing the number of cross border industry-to-academia strategic collaborations and partnerships; disseminating and sharing new knowledge from the NWCAM research programs; improving the regional skills requirement; enhancing workforce productivity and efficiency of the L&HS sector; providing tools to scale up, and driving growth through the development and diffusion of new products and processes. For more information, please view the NWCAM website.

We are conducting a survey with a sample of L&HS companies within the Region in order to better understand how NWCAM can support you as an industry. We would like to know more about your company including your commercial needs and concerns, your existing R&D and innovation capabilities and strategies; and whether you have engaged or would be willing to engage in cross border state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing R&D. The information we gather from this survey will help us align our objectives to better meet your needs.

We greatly value your input to this survey. The survey will take approximately 12 minutes.

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* 1. For guidance, Questions 1 to 6 relate to general information about your company

Please provide contact details of your company

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* 2. What is the approximate total number of employees (i.e. total number of employees registered on the payroll and working proprietors) in your company?

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* 3. What is the approximate annual turnover of the company for FY17/18?

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* 4. What is the current position of your company?

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* 5. Where does your company mainly operate in?

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* 6. Which of the following best describes the activities of your company?

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* 7. For guidance, Questions 7 to 10 relate to your company's general interests in Advanced Manufacturing.

Is your company aware of the potential of Advanced Manufacturing as an enabling technology to enhance industry productivity, competitiveness and improve the regional economy.

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* 8. What are the topics of interest in Advanced Manufacturing that your company would be most interested in?

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* 9. How important is the adoption of Advanced Manufacturing to your company?

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* 10. Is your company interested in engaging in cross border collaborative R&D in Advanced Manufacturing?

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* 11. For guidance, Questions 11  to 28 relate to your company's interests in Innovation and Research and Development (R&D).

Which of the following best describes your company's innovation activities?
Please note that the definition of "innovation" in this survey is taken from the EU-wide definition adopted by Eurostat.

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* 12. Which of the following best describes your company's innovation strategy over the next 3 years?

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* 13. Does your company have an R&D strategy?

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* 14. What is your company's R&D strategy horizon?

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* 15. How would you best describe the principal directions of your company's R&D strategy?

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* 16. Outside of grant income, what is your company’s annual R&D spend as a percentage of annual revenue?

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* 17. What percentage of your company's R&D activities are performed internally?

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* 18. How many on-going R&D projects is your company currently running?

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* 19. With regard to Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) on average how would you best describe the TRL of the ongoing R&D projects in your company?

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* 20. How many of your company's on-going R&D projects relate to Advanced Manufacturing?

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* 21. In the past three years, how many R&D projects relating to Advanced Manufacturing has your company cancelled, postponed or dropped?

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* 22. Which of the following reasons best describes the reasons for cancelled, postponed, scaled down or dropped projects in the past three years?

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* 23. Does your company have external R&D collaborations with any of the following?

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* 24. How many external R&D collaborations are related to Advanced Manufacturing?

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* 25. Which of the following governement funding agencies have you received R&D funding from in the past three years?

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* 26. What types of R&D support would most benefit your company?

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* 27. Has your company availed of Government R&D tax credits in the last 3 years?

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* 28. Which of the following factors do you consider are essential for increasing the R&D competitiveness of your company?

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* 29. For guidance, Questions 29 to 31 relate to your company's interests in Intellectual Property.

Has your company registered any of the following intellectual property (IP) within the past 5 years?

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* 30. Does your company currently hold the rights to any of the following:

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* 31. If you are a UK company, has your company availed of the Government’s Patent Box tax relief scheme?

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* 32. For guidance, Questions 32 & 33 relate to your company's interests in engineer employment.

Has your company employed or engaged any of the following in the past three years?

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* 33. Do you agree that there is a engineering skill shortage in the Region?

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* 34. Are you willing to discuss this survey further with Catalyst Inc?

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