The research funding landscape is continually changing.  Cranfield has responded to these challenges and continues to do so. Our current Research Strategy and its associated work streams were designed to cover the period until the end of 2017 calendar year.

Significant changes have included the Government’s Industry Strategy and its priority on global challenges, the regional agenda and implications for Horizon 2020 funding.

To remain competitively placed to pursue our ambitions and to respond to current opportunities and threats a critical review of our research strategy was undertaken in line with the review of the Education Strategy undertaken by Education Committee.  No significant changes from the initial objectives for Research are proposed.

Structure of the Research Strategy

The objectives retain continuity from 2014-2017, being to deliver for Cranfield's Corporate Plan 400 research active staff by increasing: Research Income (Pounds); Quality of PhDs (PhDs); and Research Outputs (Papers).  This will continue to be done through the set of work streams defined in the previous research strategy.  

Research Strategy 2017-2020

Our vision is to be recognised for outstanding transformational research that meets the needs of business, government and wider society.  We also aim to be renowned for our impact and influence - regionally, nationally and internationally, being recognised as ‘closest to business’.

To achieve this we will provide:

  • academic staff recognised as thought-leaders,
  • critical intellectual mass,
  • innovative business-engaged research, 
  • leadership for national facilities,
  • high impact and highly-cited research outputs.

We will monitor our performance in:

  • achieving 400 fully research active staff,
  • increasing research income,
  • improving numbers of papers in the top journals,
  • growing the impact of our research.

Our high-quality research spans the technology readiness levels, from the generation of ideas through to their implementation. Our world-leading programmes of fundamental research underpin research that is close to business. Many of these programmes access research facilities that are on an industrial scale.