Research collaboration

Are you looking to research and develop an exciting new project? Are you seeking funding to get an idea off the ground?

If so, then our specialist expertise might be just what you’re after. We have an expert team within the Faculty of Engineering, which supports our academics to exchange vital knowledge and experience with organisations like yours. Additionally, we can offer you access to our world-leading knowledge, facilities, expertise and technology.


Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We’re looking to work alongside forward-thinking external partners with whom we can develop the technology of the future by:

  • applying and developing our research skills, technologies and methodologies
  • accessing grant funding for applied research and development.

Previous funding programmes we’ve used for collaborative research and development have included:

  • European Union Horizon 2020 programme
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Industrial Case Awards
  • Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) Funding Competitions.

Consultancy and contract research

If you’d prefer to benefit from our knowledge, facilities, expertise and technology on a direct fee basis, in which you retain full intellectual property, we can arrange a consultancy contract or research contract instead. We have a range of specialist expertise, which can be provided directly to your organisation as consultancy or contract research. Under a consultancy contract (which usually involve commercially sensitive projects) you would normally retain full intellectual property rights.

Projects are scoped jointly by the individuals to be involved and can encompass access to equipment and specialist software. Sometimes there are opportunities to link to student summer internships or projects – this will give you faster and more cost-effective delivery.

Intellectual Property licensing

If you have a business need where you wish to apply or commercialise a mature research result, such as a software program, patent or technique, we’re happy to negotiate a licence on mutually acceptable terms.

Contact us

Please contact us for an initial discussion.
t: +44 (0)113 343 2057