Advanced research and knowledge transfer

You can sponsor either a doctoral research student and project, or you can develop a specific knowledge transfer project. Both methods attract public funding, so your costs are driven down.

Approximately half of the School's research is funded by the government and through grants awarded by Research Councils such as the EPSRC and BBSRC. Other funding comes directly from industrial companies to finance specific collaborative research projects. Through our research, we enjoy close links with companies throughout the world.

CASE projects

CASE projects (Cooperative Awards in Science and Engineering) are funded largely by the UK's Research Councils and administered by universities. These doctoral research studentship projects are created and supervised by the university and company together. Projects are more commercially-driven and market-oriented than typical doctoral research.

  • CASE awards: enable you to sponsor a postgraduate research project. This supports a graduate researcher, with the input of an academic supervisor, to work on a research project relevant to your business. Only the best graduates are selected to pursue postgraduate research, and joint supervision by your company and the university will ensure their work remains on the right track. CASE awards provide companies with a cost-effective way of solving industrial research problems and promote collaboration between industry and higher education institutions. If minimising cost is more important to you than obtaining fast results, this could be of great benefit to you.
  • Industrial CASE awards: are allocated directly to the industrial partner and the company can devise its own research project for the student, provided it meets the requirements of the research council involved and the academic needs of the student.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Businesses and academics participate in a wide variety of technology-focused knowledge transfer projects funded by the DTi. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme enables you to source university expertise that is of value to your business in developing new products, services or processes.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are designed to help you access this expertise and bring it into your business by working in partnership with academics or researchers. Project costs are mostly funded by the DTi, so the cost-effectiveness of accessing academic expertise and employing a good graduate is very attractive.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website

Faraday Partnerships

A Faraday Partnership is an alliance of organisations and institutions which receive government funding, and is dedicated to the improvement of the competitiveness of UK industry through the research, development, transfer and exploitation of new and improved science and technology. One of the aims of Faraday Partnerships is to provide more effective and coherent uptake of the various funding support mechanisms available. Joining a Faraday Partnership that is relevant to you will enable you to influence the research and development agenda at a national level. Our School is involved in several Faraday Partnerships.

Other government funding

Other government funding initiatives are available to help small businesses fund research, such as 'Smart Scheme' grants, the 'Enterprise Fund' and the DTi small firms loan guarantee scheme. Our Research Facilitator, Dave Blundell can provide you with advice on obtaining such supplementary funding for your research projects.

Engineering doctorate programme

The Engineering doctorate programme enables EPSRC and a collaborating company to sponsor a postgraduate student (known as a research engineer) to work on an innovative project that will make a significant contribution to the work of the company. Projects are designed and supervised jointly by university academics and the industrial partner and the majority of work is undertaken in the company.

EPSRC website

Sponsoring an MSc or MEng project

If you are looking at undertaking a small project on a speculative basis, you could consider sponsoring an MSc or MEng project that would be undertaken by a student under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Managing research projects for and with industry

Staff with a broad range of research interests and expertise are employed, enabling multidisciplinary teams to work on projects. Projects are normally managed by a member of the academic staff working with a team of research staff, experimental officers and highly trained technicians. All our academic staff are expert in their chosen fields and they provide intellectual leadership and expertise. If you prefer, your project can be managed by an external project manager.

Our experienced Research Facilitator, Dave Blundell, provides support and assistance to set up and manage contracts, manage intellectual property issues and advise on commercialisation opportunities for new ideas.

For further information, contact Dave Blundell.

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