Industry partnership funding

Before you start negotiations with a company please read the information on pricing and negotiating research contracts with industry.

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There is dedicated support available to help you identify opportunities for business collaboration through your research. Business development and engagement teams will help you consider pathways and partners for your collaborative research as well as supporting you to engage, build and scale collaborations.

Through their large networks of contacts, they can offer practical support for your research; from facilitating introductions, shaping partnerships through to ongoing post-agreement support to ensure longevity

Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences – MPLS Industrial Research Partnerships team

Groups in the Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences collaborate with many companies worldwide, from multi-nationals to local small enterprises. Collaborative projects are just that – collaborative, maximising the value to both parties.

Medical Sciences – Medical Sciences Business Development and Partnering

We work with industrial partners to promote and facilitate both clinical and pre-clinical collaborative research projects in areas including fundamental biology, drug discovery and development, medical devices, genomics and diagnostics, technology development, clinical studies and public health projects.

Social Sciences & Humanities – Business Engagement and Partnerships

The Business Engagement and Partnerships team identifies and articulates mutual areas of interest between researchers and external partner organisations. They can help build and manage new and existing relationships between you and industry partners.  



You can use Research Professional to search for industry funding opportunities.

Visit Innovate UK to search for innovation competitions.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) 

The KTP scheme helps businesses in the UK link with academics to enable the translation of existing university research into demonstrators, new products or services. The KTP grant is administered by Innovate UK, on behalf of the UK public funders, and is awarded to the University. Dependent on company size, Oxford is expected to invoice the company for 33% (SME) or 50% of the project cost. The UKRI grant includes recruitment funds to hire a KTP Associate (i.e. a graduate, usually postdoc) to deliver the project; typically, 2-3 years duration.

The University has a dedicated KTP Office. For further information please contact Dr Murray Gardner


Particularly intended for Business Development managers who liaise frequently with companies on R&D contracts and pricing, to ensure companies are aware of applicable tax credit and relief schemes.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy is the UK government’s long-term plan to raise productivity and earning power in the UK by investing in world-leading research and innovative businesses. As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government has established the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), administered by UK Research & Innovation. The fund is helping to ensure that research and innovation take centre stage, with investment earmarked for technologies where the UK can build on its world-leading strengths.

Current calls can be found on the Innovate UK website. The University also has a dedicated lead for the UK Industrial Strategy for information and support: Dr Deborah Spencer