02 Apr Facilitating collaborative research between The University of Manchester and business
The University of Manchester has developed a robust, effective means of engaging with companies, as a mechanism to co-develop research projects that address a business need. The Manchester Innovation Labs comprise a half day workshop, designed and facilitated by creative consultancy FutureEverything, where businesses work in small groups with a team of multidisciplinary academics to develop a research project and pitch proposals for seed corn funding to a panel of experts.
The Innovation Labs have led to several successful outcomes for the University and companies including collaborative research funding proposals funded PhDs; new cross-disciplinary relationships within The University; academics who are more confident in the value of engaging with businesses; businesses that see the benefit of academic engagement and relationships that can be leveraged for other projects.
The University is planning further Innovation Labs for the future.