Developing research and industry collaborations

Using IfM business tools and processes such as roadmapping, we have created three types of workshop which help universities and industry develop fruitful collaborations and support the successful commercialisation of research. The workshops have been designed to bring experts together to share their knowledge and insights and build consensus around a plan of action. 


1. Helping universities understand which of their research streams have both academic and industrial relevance.

Identify common industrial needs from a range of industries
Propose potential research projects that directly address key challenges
Prioritise projects considering both industrial and academic preferences
Explore selected projects together with industry and develop relevant research streams

1-day workshop


2. Helping a company solve a particular industrial problem with the help of academics

Company defines the problem
Group of academics brainstorm potential solutions with company
Potential research projects are captured and prioritised
Joined research proposals are co-developed

1-day workshop


3. Identifying commercial applications for a particular technology

Academic explains the new technology and its potential benefits

Group of industry/commercial people brainstorm and propose relevant potential applications

Potential research projects are captured and prioritised

Initial mini-business case for technology commercialisation is developed

1-day workshop


We can also carry out market research and analysis to enable academics to assess the commercial relevance of their research at an early stage.

Collect market information (reports, interviews, surveys etc.)
Analyse and assess different markets
Develop a business plan for the commercialisation of a technology.

Reports and case studies 

Below are a selection of some of the university and industry collaborations we have led roadmapping project for. 


Bulk superconductivity workshop roadmappingA roadmap for the bulk superconductivity sector

Academics and industrialists worked together to align bulk superconductivity research with current and future industrial needs.


Algae RoadmapLaser-based Manufacturing Applications

Identification of new and evolving manufacturing applications


Large area electronics roadmapHigh-Volume Manufacturing of Energy Harvesting Systems

Roadmap for EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics


Synthetic Biology

The future of synthetic biology in the UK


Algae RoadmapA UK Roadmap for Algal Technologies

Commercialisation potential of algae-related products, processes and services


More information


For further information please contact:

Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou

T: 44 (0) 1223 760376


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