Working with business


Engage with our funded projects

We have over 4000 active projects which businesses can engage with. You can contribute knowledge, expertise and leverage to help accelerate impact.

We are keen to maximise our investment in the UK research base by leveraging enterprise funding and seeing business taking our research outputs forward. Engagement with our funded projects is a rapid way to get new ideas and innovations into your business.

Our online data visualisation tools can help you find existing, active projects which may be of interest, you can also find out if any other businesses are already involved.

Our portfolio managers can also assist you, putting you in touch with academic experts to work with, and give you information regarding key programmes in their area which may be looking for collaborators from business. In addition, Research Council UK’s Gateway to Research tool can also provide you with information of some of the outcomes and impacts our research has already realised.

Many of the programmes and projects we have invested in are actively searching for advice, input and investment for business. The solution to some of your future needs may be closer than you think. UK academic research is world-leading, a great source of science, technology and engineering solutions.

Below are details and links to some of our major activities which relate to business, the first of which is tailored exclusively for business engagement.

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)

Each year EPSRC awards four-year Doctoral Training Partnership (DTPs), formally known as DTG or DTA, to institutions based on their research grant income. Universities are keen to engage business in DTP using a process called CASE Conversion.

Centres for Doctoral Training

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are one of the three main ways EPSRC provides support for Doctoral Training. CDTs are keen to engage with businesses to help support and add value to the doctoral training they provide, encouraging business relevant research projects and giving students an insight into business research.

Last updated: 6 December 2022

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