We work in close collaboration with many organisations to turn ideas and innovation into reality. By doing just this, we transform people, organisations and the global economy.

With the expertise to take R&D projects from concept through to delivery, we conduct and exploit emerging research, applying it to address the real-life needs of industry. Cranfield combines world-class facilities with the very best practitioners, helping to set the agenda for future technologies in the business sectors in which we specialise.

“This research provided a great opportunity to develop the link between Meritor H.V.B.S and Cranfield, and has led to further collaborative projects”

Paul Roberts, Chief Engineer, Meritor Heavy Vehicle Breaking Systems, after collaborative research into vehicle safety and environmental efficiency.

Work with us directly for early solutions

Depending on project durations, staff time and use of equipment and consumables, directly funded research can range in size from as little as £10,000 up to significant value R&D programmes at high six figure levels and more.

Such projects allow your business optimal control of timeframes and deliverables and if urgent, immediate starts can be agreed. We will provide a senior academic prime investigator, trained technical staff and cutting edge facilities.

Collaborate more widely

Our network enables us to identify possible project partners who can work together to address industry-wide issues.

As well as providing you with access to the skills and knowledge of our in-house community, Cranfield also boasts a wealth of specialist facilities and equipment to assist our collaborative research projects. Many of these are world-class, large-scale and unique to Cranfield.

To see whether you can join ongoing research addressing challenges in your industry or access funding, facilities and expertise to support your specific business challenge, contact our business engagement team.

Our research collaboration - the facts

  • 44% of our income comes from commercial research and advisory services.
  • We have had a close working relationship with Rolls-Royce for over 30 years.
  • We are ranked in the top five UK universities for commercial research incomes according to the Research Excellence Framework.

Whatever stage you are at in considering collaborating on research with Cranfield, our Business Engagement team can talk you through everything we have to offer.