Research and expertise

This is a university of innovation and application. We collaborate with all kinds of organisation – SMEs, large corporates, charities and public bodies – through our applied research centres and partnerships.

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

Inspiring and developing the businesses of tomorrow

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

Working in partnership with the University

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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 private businesses in the East Midlands (particularly SMEs) with R&D, innovation and growth.

Our research is focused on making a practical, positive difference to people’s lives and this includes helping businesses become more efficient and sustainable. One way you can do this is by adopting digital technologies – see how we're helping all kinds of industries do this.

We have over 500 researchers (staff and students) who are working hard to advance knowledge in some critical fields of enquiry. You can 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.

If you have an idea for some research, 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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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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