Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A number of frequently asked questions on collaboration with the University.


Collaboration can come in a variety of forms, such as:

  • Workshops
  • Masters projects (approx. 3 months)
  • PhD projects (approx. 3.5 years)
  • PhD industrial placements (approx. 6 months)
  • Post-doctorate research projects (6 months to 3 years)
  • Consultancy with full-time academics
  • Secondments from industry into the University
  • Secondments from the University into industry
  • Sponsorship of research centres
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

In short, a form of collaboration suiting your company's needs will almost certainly be found

As with many industrial contracts, the terms of agreement are open to negotiation. As such, the share of IP is typically reflected by the size of the contribution from the company. Other options include giving the company IP ownership for their own commercial sector, and the University maintains the IP in other sectors. To help aid this process, and the process of patenting and trademarking, the University of Manchester Intellectual Property team (UMIP) are always at hand to help with such matters.

There are many government supported schemes to support industry – university collaboration. The University of Manchester currently has several research council Impact Accelerator Accounts set up to support the translation of their funded research projects into application by industry.

In addition, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has grants to foster research collaboration between companies and UK universities. The support will depend upon the form of collaboration, and the company itself. As such, it is best to contact us in advance and we can see what options are available.

InnovateUK schemes include Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). The Government’s new Industry Strategy Challenge Fund has significantly increased the support for university and industry innovation, much of which will be administered by InnovateUK.