Research and innovation

Inspiring and developing the businesses of tomorrow

As an applied university, we use our research and expertise to make positive changes to industry, public services or the wider society. We have a strong culture and track record of successful collaboration, with organisations of all shapes and sizes. 

We also invite businesses and the wider community to use our specialist facilities and technology. Our doors are always open.

Future-proof your business through innovation

The coronavirus pandemic presents many challenges to businesses, but innovation could be a way to overcome them. We can work with you remotely to access funding and expertise for research and development projects through programmes such as: 

If you have an idea for a project, talk it through with us today.

What are you looking for?

We run a series of part-funded or fully-funded programmes that help businesses benefit from university expertise and technology.

The longest running is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme (KTP), which can help you address a specific business need by connecting your organisation with one of our academics and a recent graduate.

More recently, we've received funding to help small and medium sized businesses in the East Midlands with R&D, innovation and growth.

All research at our university is focused on making a practical, positive difference to people’s lives and this includes helping businesses to grow, become more efficient or sustainable. 

We have over 500 researchers (staff and students) who can help you advance knowledge in a particular field or apply existing knowledge and capabilities in a novel way. See our full list of research centres and groups.

We partner with businesses on many of our research projects, sometimes through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scheme, which is part-funded by government. 

We're also working with other universities to help businesses adopt digital technologies. Find out more about our digital capabilities.

If you have a need for a research project, please contact the Business team who can help you find the right person to talk to.

We have specialist equipment and experts for clinical services and sports performance. These are available to hire.

You can also book SHED (Social Higher Education Depot), our mobile arts commissioning venue and public space, for collaboration or co-creation.

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Knowledge Exchange Framework

We are committed to working closely with businesses and organisations to deliver applied research and knowledge exchange - supporting innovation and progression.

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Let us make a big difference to your business

Explore our research centres and groups and find out how our expertise could help you.

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Contact us

To find out more about how you could benefit from our expertise, talk to our Business Services team.