Commercial and collaborative research

Commercial and collaborative research can help your business explore new ideas and discover innovative ways of growing.

We’ll work with you to understand your specific brief and apply our research experience to solve your real-world problems. You’ll also benefit from our multi-million pound facilities and access to specialist equipment. Projects are protected by industry-standard agreements, covering confidentiality and intellectual property matters. We’ll even help you explore funding opportunities where available.

Our collaborative research benefits industries, bringing together our expertise with that of at least one other party to deliver real business benefits. This type of work can be part-funded by the Government, EU grant programmes or the third sector and is a mid- to long-term commitment.

We run collaborative projects across our Faculties and Research Institutes, encompassing a broad range of sectors. Here is just one example of the research we're involved in.

Innovation 50

Innovation 50 is an exciting three-year project launched by Essex County Council and Anglia Ruskin. The aim of the project is to identify the most successful and growing SMEs across the county of Essex to find out more about their success and growth.  

Construction, the built environment and energy efficiency

The building sector consumes 40% of Europe's energy. With rising energy prices and greater focus on energy efficiency, there are a number of opportunities for innovative companies in the sector to grow their business with products that reduce energy consumption. One clear way forward is to make use of thermal mass techniques, but traditionally the conditions needed to create acoustic reverberations (echoes) that affect the health, well-being and concentration of inhabitants.

As part of a consortium comprising SMEs across the manufacturing supply chain, consultancies and other universities, we're developing a low-cost, high-performance acoustic absorber – Echo2Eco – that solves these acoustic problems, creating a highly marketable product.

Our cross-disciplinary contribution includes modelling, acoustic testing, investigating the robustness of the solution and making sure key requirements are met, such as fire legislation.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to help encourage growth and inject valuable knowledge and expertise into an organisation. Organisations engaged in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with us can benefit from government funding the covers 67% of the total project costs. To find out more, please visit our Knowledge Transfer Partnership web page.

Find out more about how you can get involved in a collaborative research project:

Tel: 01223 695 878