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BEST's work revolves around three distinct pillars.
The work BEST conducts sits within three pillars - radio frequency microwave research, civil engineering research and management, economics and planning research. Within these three pillars, BEST’s five research groups focus on the following research areas:
• Environmental Technologies
• Constructions Management and Economics
• Radio Frequency and Microwave Technologies
• Materials Technology
• Facilities Management and Real Estate Management
The research conducted into these key specialisms ranges from applied research, which is closely linked to medium-term industry requirements, through to niche and unique research, which is aimed at addressing the long-term needs of the industry knowledge base.
In the latest research assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014), 52% of BEST’s output was classified as world leading or internationally excellent. The Institute also secured £7,100,000 in research funding during the Research Excellence Framework 2014 census period.
In addition to these successes, BEST has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work and is supported internationally by the European Union, the UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust, as well as Innovate UK.
Currently, BEST’s research teams are busy strengthening their sustainability and education related research. The Institute’s researchers are also advancing their interdisciplinary work in the sensor technology field and developing a sustainable global footprint.