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Individual support and advice on collaborative research with industry is available to University of Cambridge Engineering Department staff, researchers and students from:

Industrialists interested in finding out where they might get help with a problem are also welcome to get in touch with or with , Director of Research and Finance

The Knowledge Transfer Facilitators – Alexandra Bolton, Helen Francis and Chris Pearson

The Knowledge Transfer Facilitators support collaborations with industry and other organisations to increase the impact of the Department’s research. Their duties include:

  • providing feedback on pathways to impact, cases for support and other proposal parts
  • helping academics work with industry to build consortia
  • encouraging collaborations between researchers across departments and with other universities
  • directing academics to specialist administrative support across the University.

Charles Boulton – Manager of the Collaboration Skills initiative

Charles organises the events and networking that underpin the community of researchers interested in improving their skills in working with industry.  He brings 30 years' experience of technology development and R&D management and so also offers mentoring and advice to both researchers and to industry.

The RAEng Visiting Professors of Innovation

The RAEng Visiting Professors of Innovation were appointed, with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering, to raise the profile of innovation within the Department and to strengthen collaboration with industry. In recent years the Visiting Professors of Innovation have helped:

  • Researchers to prepare and refine elevator pitches
  • review bids for large programmes and grants, especially those involving industrial collaborators and liaison
  • structure liaison and relationships with industrial partners
  • plan start-up companies.

Find further information about the Professors of Innovation.


The team can provide advice on a wide range of topics relating to industry/academic partnerships:

 Proposal development

  • Where could I take my research?
  • With which companies could I collaborate?
  • What would the proposition look like?
  • Where can I get further help?

Linking research to industrial collaborators’ strategy

  • How do I link to the strategy of my corporate partner?
  • How do I clarify the benefit of my research to them?
  • How could this turn into a research strategy?

 Impact planning

  • What are my options for engagement and dissemination?
  • How could I engage with industrial partners in a more compelling way?
  • How do I write an impact statement?


  • Where else can I get help to develop my research and bring it to industry or commercialisation?
  • Who might be available as a collaborator?

 For industrialists

  • Who in the university might be interested in working with us on this problem?


There is also a small budget to support researchers who are exploring new ways to disseminate and transfer their research into industry (contact ).