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Research Strategy Office


Working with business

Academics across the University collaborate with industry in many different ways including

University support

The Business Relations team based in the Research Office directs initial business enquiries to appropriate Departments and works with Schools and Departments to facilitate requests from business for cross-disciplinary or large-scale partnerships.

School and Departmental impact and knowledge transfer facilitators work together and with the Business Relations team to co-ordinate business partnerships.

The Maxwell Centre is the centrepiece for industrial engagement with the physical scientists and engineers working on the West Cambridge Science and Technology Campus.

The Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences (CATS) is a platform established to facilitate the development of new therapeutics and support the education and training of the next generation of world-leading researchers. 

Business networks

Local, regional and national business networks can help connect academics with business:

Cambridge Network is a membership organisation for the high-tech Cambridge cluster. It aims to bring people together from business and academia to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success.

Cambridge Wireless is a leading and vibrant community with a rapidly expanding network of nearly 400 companies across the globe interested in the development and application of wireless and mobile technologies to solve business problems. CW connects those companies and stimulates collaborative innovation through a range of thought-provoking high-profile networking events.

Cambridge Cleantech is the members organisation supporting the growth of environmental goods and services or “cleantech” companies in the Greater Cambridge area.

One Nucleus is an international membership organisation for life science and healthcare companies. We are based in Cambridge with the majority of our members across the Cambridge/London corridor – at the heart of Europe’s largest life science and healthcare cluster.

Agritech East is an independent, business-focussed cluster organisation, to improve the international competitiveness and sustainability of plant-based agriculture and horticulture in the East of England.

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is an Innovate UK initiative to bring together business, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services.