Is my project something Cranfield can help with?

As the most business engaged university in the UK, we understand the commercial world and are able to provide your organisation with strategic and technical help. We have established global distinction in:

  • Aerospace
  • Defence and Security
  • Energy and Power
  • Environment and Agrifood
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport Systems
  • Water.

We can support you with:

  • expert advice
  • providing outsourced elements for your R&D programme
  • developing a bespoke collaborative R&D or staff development programme
  • accessing a test facility.
Get in touch and find out how we can help your business.

What funding is available for business R&D?

Working with Cranfield, part of the scoping process will include identifying  whether your research requirements qualify for support from:

Innovate UK: run competitions aiding the development of product/processes to near market solutions through their Innovation platforms. Find out about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with Cranfield.

Research Councils support academic and industrial collaboration. We can advise whether your project would qualify for support from one of seven sector-focussed UK research councils

Energy Technology Institutes (ETI): sponsor large scale demonstration projects to help bring to market technologies that will help the UK meet its energy and climate change goals.

European Funding: We can provide expert advice on working with the European Union Framework Programme and making the best use of the available Regional Development Funds.


How do you charge for research work?

This depends on the scale of the project. Once scoped, suggestions as to the most appropriate solution will be suggested, and the relevant costs outlined.

Contact us to scope your requirements, budget and funding opportunities.



Do you offer advice or consultancy services?

Yes, many of our academics work closely with a wide range of clients. We are able to offer a wide range of advisory services from a short telephone conversation to support with a long term project.

In which industrial sectors do you specialise?

The main subject areas we specialise in are:

  • Aerospace
  • Defence and Security
  • Energy and Power
  • Environment and Agrifood
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport Systems
  • Water
We often combine expertise across these disciplines and will be happy to discuss your requirements to resource your project effectively. Get in touch.

I need to run tests - can businesses access the University's facilities?

Cranfield University is home to many world-class, large-scale facilities. We can help scope the issue with you and advise whether we have suitable equipment, expertise to support in testing and what additional resource you might need.

Contact us to discuss you requirements.