The types of research services we provide will very much depend on the individual project, but generally these fall into 4 main categories: collaborative research, contract research, analysis and testing, and product development.

Contract research    

With contract research, the company or organisation commissions specific research from the University to identify a solution to a problem or improve/create a new product or service.

Industry-led collaborative research

Collaborative research involves a joint approach to a research project between a company and the University. In some cases, more than two parties can be involved depending on the nature of the project.

The research project is less about a company commissioning a specific piece of work (contract research) and more about the University and the organisation working collaboratively to combine their skill-sets to resolve a given challenge.

One benefit of collaborative research is that your company may be able to access government or EU funding to cover some or all of the project costs.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are an example of a well-established Innovate UK programme that helps organisations improve their competitiveness, productivity, performance and profitability by tapping into the knowledge, skills and expertise in UK universities. 

The University of Westminster has a long history of working with companies from different sectors on KTP projects.

Analysis and testing

The University's analysis and testing services use leading academic expertise and knowledge, together with specialist state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

The services we offer reflect the breadth and depth of the University’s research capabilities, from independent result replication to collaborative prototype generation. 

Product development

Using expert techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, our researchers can help you develop products from the idea stage through to feasibility testing, prototype development and into innovative new products.

Your project may even be eligible for funding from Innovate UK. 

Funding for your project

An added advantage of working with the University on research and development projects is that your business may be able to access government or EU funding for some or all of the cost of the research project. You may also qualify for Research and Development tax relief.

Contact us

If you'd like to discuss how we could support your business or organisation’s needs, please contact:

Collaboration Development team
E: [email protected]