Brunel University has impressive facilities and expertise; we make these available to companies and other external organisations. In addition to our well known engineering capabilities, Brunel provides expertise and services in many other areas including: energy; manufacturing; health; and environment. Brunel has always collaborated in research and development with companies; working in partnership with others constitutes our normal way of working.

We very much welcome your enquiries to leverage our expertise and facilities for your organisation, whether a one-off problem-solving need, a short term secondment, new product development, or a long term strategic research plan.

 

 

Develop new products and services

How
  • Work directly with Brunel’s leading researchers to access their expertise and facilities.
  • Propose, shape and participate in nationally and internationally funded research projects.
  • Post graduate student contracted to carry out a research project under academic and industrial supervision.

Outcomes

  • Application of cutting edge research results to the development of specific new products and services.
  • Guaranteed first access to newly developed IP.
  • Final report on the project (Post-graduate).
  • Opportunity to employ students at the end of their research (Post-graduate).

Programme Types and Funding Sources

  • Sponsored Research Programmes.
  • Funding available from UK Research Councils and European Union.
  • Postgraduate Student Projects.

Typical Timescales

  • Programmes typically last at least a year and can be much longer.
  • As required (Post-graduate).

Typical Costs

  • Depends on duration and size of team, but usually at least £20,000.
  • Between £1,000 - £3,000 (Post-graduates).

Resolve specific product or process problems

How

  • Access directly Brunel’s world leading academic expertise and have focused attention to address specific problems or issues.
  • Access Brunel’s wide range of specialist equipment and facilities.

Outcomes

  • Direct solution to the problem or an alternative approach to a solution.

Programme Types and Funding Sources

  • Consultancy.

Typical Timescales

  • Driven by customer requirements.

Typical Costs

  •  £800+ per day Specialist equipment fees.

Explore ideas for new products and services

How

  • Use Brunel’s 4th year design students to develop and amplify new design ideas, concepts and prototypes.

Outcomes

  • Range of new ideas, prototypes and design pieces.

Programme Types and Funding Sources

  • Undergraduate Student Project.

Typical Timescales

  • Proposals submitted in February, projects start in September, outcomes available following May.

Typical Costs

  • Materials supplies, equipment loans, travel expenses, small cash sums £1,000 - £3,000.

Develop and up-skill staff

How

  • Highly qualified graduate or post graduate works in the company and project manages an agreed programme.

Outcomes

  • Transfer of new technical knowledge and skills to company staff.

Programme Types and Funding Sources

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
  • Funding available from Innovate UK.

Typical Timescales

  • Programmes last 6 months to 3 years and take around 6 months to set up.

Typical Costs

  • Minimum of £20,000 per annum.

Page last updated: Friday 18 March 2016