About the building

Work began on the £16 million North of England Robotics Innovation Centre (NERIC) at the University of Salford in 2021, which then opened in 2022. The new facility is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, with additional support from Research England, and serves as a hub for small to medium-sized industries (SMEs) looking to design, test and validate innovation in this rapidly growing area. 


Our laboratories and presentation space serve as a hub for small to medium-sized companies (SMEs) looking to design, test and de-risk innovations in the rapidly growing area of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence. NERIC supports SMEs to implement robotic and automation solutions in many sectors including healthcare delivery, technology development, manufacturing, product design, built environment and infrastructure development, maintenance, and many others. 

The laboratories (365, 324 and 350 m2) are equipped with the latest technologies which include industrial and collaborative robots, autonomous mobile robots, with a focus on SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprise) (Small and Medium Sized Enterprise) relevant use cases.