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Generating Ideas

Inspiration for a new research project can come from anywhere. However funding is increasingly focussed on specific commercial or societal challenges. Both the UK Government and European Commission support large multi-disciplinary programmes which address a wide range of related technical or business issues, which involve the organisations who will benefit from the research. The Department and University have opportunities to help academics come together to bid for these major awards.

Technology Roadmapping

Roadmapping is a powerful technique for planning an organisation’s technological capabilities to ensure they meet its commercial or strategic goals. The graphical nature of roadmaps supports strategic alignment and dialogue between functions and between organisations. The Department’s Institute for Manufacturing is a world centre of excellence, and provides one day workshops for academics and their collaborators to develop a research roadmap through the University’s Impact Acceleration Account.

Departmental strategic themes

The Department’s four strategic themes provide a forum to share research ideas to meet society’s future challenges, which can form the basis for collaborative research proposals.

The Inspiring Research through Industrial Collaboration theme aims to spread current best practice and promote future research, to manage research collaborations and knowledge transfer.

University strategic initiatives and networks

The University’s Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks promote interdisciplinary collaborations across the University. Through events and newsletters, the schemes raise awareness of the opportunities and enable collaborations to be built quickly to meet the expectations of research funders. These often involve local, national and international businesses

Industry engagement forum

Cambridge Enterprise runs several Industry Engagement Forums every term, giving early career researchers the opportunity to meet with companies to discuss specific technical issues and how Cambridge expertise could be utilised to provide solutions.


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