Ways to engage

At Surrey, we recognise the value of building strategic partnerships with large corporations, SMEs and start-ups to promote the sharing of ideas, networking and collaboration.

What we do

We proactively promote business engagement and knowledge sharing in a range of different ways from the thought-leadership and game-changing research undertaken by academics at the Surrey Business School, through to participating in government supported programmes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, with a wide range of external engagement in between.

Our approach helps us to develop strong and deep connections between academia and the wider business community and to use the knowledge, technology and skills available within the University to enhance industry competitiveness, productivity and performance.

Corporate engagement

Collaboration is one of the University of Surrey’s major strengths and values.

Our Partnerships’ strategy is to deliver a strong network of close contacts and relationships that bring resource, skills and finance to drive growth in research income, teaching and commercial activity and that will also increase the University’s contribution to economic impact in line with the industrial strategy and the “grand challenges” of society. Find out more.

Research collaborations

If you are interested in exploring potential opportunities to collaborate with the University of Surrey, contact our Business Development team who will be happy to discuss your specific business needs and, drawing on the expertise of our world-class academics and research facilities, help create novel solutions.

We are experienced in engaging with business in numerous ways, including:

  • Impact Acceleration Account
    This scheme accelerates the exploitation of current or recently completed funded EPSRC research, through the increased engagement with key stakeholders and project partners.
  • Innovate UK collaborations
    Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency, their aim is to work with people, companies, and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will growth the UK economy.  We are experienced in developing collaborative applications to Innovate UK calls.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
    This scheme is designed to assist companies with growth potential to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of the knowledge, technology and skills.

We also support the development of contract research and joint funding applications to other funding bodies.

Contact the Business Development team by email or by phone at 01483 68 3145.

Consultancy and expert services

Drawing upon their significant expertise and knowledge, our academics can provide their expert advice, analysis and interpretation to your challenges. Find out more.

Contact the consultancy and expert services department by email or by phone at 01483 68 4313.


We can help you access the University's intellectual property (IP) derived from its innovative research. Find out more.

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