Working with us
The School of Chemistry always welcomes enquiries from industry about collaborative projects. With our track record of innovative research, broad range of world-class expertise, outstanding facilities, strong links to other disciplines, and success in attracting the very best PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, we are the partners of choice for many companies.
Projects may be funded directly or through a number of alternative routes, including in-kind support for substantive applications for funding from other sources, particularly research councils. Routes for support include:
Directly funded postdoctoral or PhD researchers
Direct funding of a postdoctoral researcher offers the maximum flexibility in terms of expertise and project start date and duration. Direct funding of a PhD student is an attractive option for longer term (typically 3.5 year) and more open-ended projects. Part funding of PhD projects is often a possibility, depending on the specific remit of the project.
Centres for Doctoral Training
The School of Chemistry is involved in eight EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across many of our research interests. More details of industrial partnership with these CDTs can be found on their individual websites, including options for full or leveraged funding of PhD projects. Opportunities also exist for Associate Partners through the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)
These are partnerships that match the needs of the business with academic knowledge and expertise. Leveraged funding is available to employ a researcher, typically focused on a specific problem to bring new technology or products to market. More information can be found from Research and Enterprise Development.
Impact Funding Schemes
Several funding options exist for short term projects, depending on the specific remit of the project. More details can be found from Research and Enterprise Development.
We have ongoing collaborations with a range of companies, from large multinationals to small start-ups, and recognise the requirements of each partner and each project are different. We can help to identify the most appropriate funding mechanism, and will discuss issues such as project management, reporting and intellectual property at the outset of any project. Please contact the School of Chemistry Industrial Services Team in the first instance.