Collaborate on a research project

Bristol has a unique breadth of skills and expertise and is keen to work collaboratively and for mutual benefit with businesses and other organisations.

Collaborations can include:


Engineering

Research groups in all of the Engineering departments work with partners and companies worldwide, from micro SMEs to multi-nationals. 

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  • Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science - the focus for composites activity across the university, combining cutting edge science with strong industrial links for commercial application.
  • SPHERE (Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment) - an interdisciplinary research collaboration focusing on sensor systems to monitor health and wellbeing in the home.
  • High Performance Networks (HPN) - a group applying advanced hardware and software technologies to meet the demands of the future optical networks and high-performance network-based services in both fundamental academic research and industrial applications.
  • Bristol is Open - a collaboration between the technology, media & telecommunications industry, universities, local communities, and local and national government to develop an open programmable city region. .
  • The Cabot Institute - a cross-disciplinary research institute researching the challenges arising from how we live with, depend on and affect our planet.

Our two academic Business Fellows in Engineering work closely with their academic colleagues to help them establish partnerships and collaborations with companies and other organisations.  They may be able to help you to find suitable academics to explore ideas with.  They cover different areas of Engineering:

Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical, Engineering Design - Richard Trask

Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic, Engineering Maths - Simon McIntosh-Smith


Science

The academics in this faculty produce world leading science with global impact and do so by working across disciplines and collaboratively with industry and government.  Research is challenge-led with a collective ambition to deliver significant positive impact in the real world.

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Our academic Business Fellow, Tom Scott, works closely with academic colleagues in Science disciplines to help them establish partnerships and collaborations with companies and other organisations.  He may be able to help you to find a suitable academic to explore ideas with.


Medical Sciences

Our academics work with both the NHS and a wide range of external organisations and companies to address some of the biggest challenges facing human and animal health and healthcare.  They cover disciplines as diverse as Physiology and Pharmacology, Anatomy, Clinical Medicine, Biochemistry and Veterinary Medicine, plus many others.

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Our two academic Business Fellows working in medical discliplines work closely with academic colleagues to establish partnerships and collaborations with companies and other organisations.  They may be able to help you to find suitable academics to explore ideas with.  The cover different disciplines:

Cellular and molecular medicine, physiology and pharmacology, biochemistry - Emma Robinson.

Veterinary sciences - John Tarlton.


Social Sciences and Law

Our academics in social sciences and law work at the heart of issues surrounding societal concerns, advancing social innovation and delivering evidence for policymakers, both nationally and internationally.

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  • Policy Bristol - an interdisciplinary centre bringing together diverse policy-relevant work to make it accessible to research users from outside the academic community.
  • The Cabot Institute - a cross disciplinary research institute conducting research on the challenges arising from how we live with, depend on and affect our planet.
  • South West Doctoral Training Centre - a strategic partnership of 3 universities which draws together the expertise of several hundred social sciences academics and researchers.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research - an interdisciplinary institute that enables researchers from disparate fields to collaborate on solutions to the most pressing health problems of the 21st century.

Arts

We have inspiring, world-renowned academics who carry out exceptional research in a wide range of subjects across the arts, humanities and modern languages

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Academic benefits

Helping to solve your problem enables our academics to extend their existing research programmes. 

General Discussions

Contact the business enquiries team with details of the challenge that you wish to address and the expertise that you are looking for.

Alternatively, approach our academics directly through your own contacts or via the links on this page, or contact one of the Business Fellows given for some of the disciplines.

Case Study: The magic of mushrooms

Long-term collaborations to advance antibiotic development

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