Collaborative R&D


What is Collaborative R&D?

Collaborative Research and Development (Collaborative R&D) is undertaking a set piece of research work with an existing or prospective external organisations that you wish to collaborate with to develop a longer-term partnership.

What are the benefits of Collaborative R&D?

This partnership or collaborative way of working will give benefits to your own research as well as that of the external partner.


Dedicated support

Supporting academic colleagues who wish to engage with external partners are the dedicated faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) teams; they underpin and facilitate KE between the University and external partners.

Additionally, leading on the implementation of the Impact, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) strategy and providing guidance and support are the Partnerships and Regional Engagement team.

Together these teams are in place to respond flexibly and rapidly to requests for support in order to seize opportunities as they arise. These teams can help to:

• support the development of collaborations with internal and external partners for mutual benefit
• identify/validate pathways to impact for your research
• support the identification of and application for the resource needed to develop collaboration and impact activity
• evidence and communicate the impact your research makes
• identify and protect any intellectual property associated with your work.

Case studies

Read our case studies for inspiration on how KE Collaborative R&D funding has brought benefits both for the academic research and for the external organisation.

Dr Lee Crookes

"DIY regeneration: turning empty houses into homes through homesteading"

Teaming up with Empty Homes, an independent charitable organisation, Dr Lee Crookes accessed KE Collaborative R&D funding for an exploratory study of homesteading. Read more.

Dr David Forrest

"How audiences form: exploring film provision and participation in the north of England"

There is potential value locked away in cinema audience data. This is the finding of a project funded by a KE Collaborative R&D award. Read more.

Michael Pidd

"Connecting Shakespeare: at the Folger Shakespeare Library"

KE Collaborative R&D-funded project has resulted in better access to the extensive digital collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Read more.

Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh

"Facilitating Children’s Participation in the Niger Delta"

KE Collaborative R&D funding enabled Dr Twum-Danso Imoh to forge a partnership with children’s rights NGO Stepping Stones Nigeria (since renamed Safe Child Africa to reflect its broadening focus). Read more.

Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Nick Williams

"Logistics-led growth in Doncaster"

A KE Collaborative R&D Partnership Award has helped establish a new productive partnership between researchers in the Management School and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC). It funded a project exploring the key market and regulatory trends affecting the logistics sector in Doncaster. Read more.