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Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research

Science and Technology at Lancaster has an established track record of successful collaborative research partnerships with business and industry, from small businesses to large corporations, both in the UK and overseas.

We ensure our research demonstrates significant economic returns, societal impact and significant benefits to our partners.

Benefits of Collaboration

  • Access a unique broad mix of expertise quickly and easily via experienced business partnerships teams
  • Access our multi-million pound facilities and equipment
  • Gain extra resources through student engagement
  • Tap into our networks and benefit from our global reach
  • Take part in professional training
  • Gain support from experts in intellectual property

Working in Partnership

We work with a diverse range of partners operating in a number of recognised industrial sectors across our seven themes. We specifically tailor partnerships, recognising the differing needs of new ventures, with established high growth companies and larger corporate organisations. We have a long and successful history of working in partnership with global organisations such as Microsoft, BT Labs, Cisco, NEC, Panasonic, Nokia, Ford, BAE Systems, NDS, Simoc, ATG, Intel, Orange, IBM, QinetiQ, AstraZeneca, Shell, The Linde Group, Unilever and Toshiba.

Science and Technology at Lancaster also works closely with the Environment Agency, Department for Transport, CABI Biosciences (a UN chartered NGO), Waitrose, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and public sector institutes such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the NHS, UK Government and police forces.

These partnerships are complemented by a well established programme of collaboration with over 2,250 SMEs since 2005. These collaborations have been enabled via several large-scale, regional economic development projects and the co-location of 105 businesses directly onto the university campus.

Partnership Examples

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The £9.8M Centre for Global Eco-Innovation unites the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, and Inventya Limited, to develop new eco-innovative products, processes and services in collaboration with ambitious Northwest businesses.

Finalist in the PraxisUnico Impact Awards 2013 for collaboration, and the Green Gown Awards 2013 in the research and development category, the centre is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

At the heart of the centre are 50 graduate researchers working on three year PhD projects in collaboration with 50 small to medium sized enterprises, supported by senior academic staff at the two world class research universities. The centre also offers shorter term research and development opportunities and support from international consultancy specialists Inventya Ltd to bring Northwest businesses' new products to market.

Analytics for Digital Signs

Technology researchers funded by Google are expanding their work on digital sign analytics to create the signage equivalent of web analytics, enabling operators to fine-tune content to meet viewers' needs and improve the quality of the information.

Google headquarters-based research scientist Roy Want said:

"One of the fastest growing new technology areas is digital signage, which Professor Nigel Davies has been researching with the help of a Google Focused Research Award. We're excited to see the outcome of his work, which should include a set of tools for the research community to build better mobile products that provide the best possible user experience when interacting with digital signs."

Optimising Ecosystem Services for Agronomy and Conservation

A Defra HortLINK partnership that brings together over 20 food retailers, seed suppliers and growers to investigate how flowering plants in agricultural field margins could reduce pesticide use.

Partners include Stockbridge Technology Centre Research Foundation, Food and Environment Research Agency, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Unilever and Birds Eye.