In the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology we believe that we are a most attractive partner for research with excellent international links. We have a long and distinguished record of developing new science, its applications and innovations. Our stock of innovative, leading researchers is constantly being replenished and within Cambridge their support and organisation is of the highest quality.
A feature of all the themed research undertaken in the Department is that its value to potential end-users is clearly demonstrable. The Department always welcomes enquiries from industry, and others, about possible collaborations to tackle particular problems or research areas, whether these are suited to a short consultancy study, a small experimental programme, or to a longer term study requiring a major research effort.
A particular feature of this Department is that staff members are always willing to form multi-disciplinary teams, with the relevant skills, which can be brought to bear on the problem of interest.
We are keenly aware of the need to manage projects carefully, so as to ensure that agreed objectives are achieved within the time and cost specified and the required reporting arrangements at specified milestones are satisfactory. We agree safeguards with regard to the handling of confidential information and we have the ownership of intellectual property agreed at the very outset of projects.
From a short month long experimental programme to a major integrated research project spanning three or more years, many organisations have found that a partnership with the Department is the most effective way to help improve their scientific understanding of specialist processes, to develop and test ideas for new products and manufacturing techniques, or to optimise, modernise and enhance existing systems.
Flexible options to suit your company
Our range of partnership options can provide your company with a low-cost, low-risk route into collaborative research with the UK's foremost University. Our multi-disciplinary personnel offer a wealth of experience and expertise, putting us in a powerful position to help you meet your scientific and engineering research challenges. Projects can either be funded directly, or a range of options exist whereby industrial effort, in cash or kind, is substantially leveraged by public funding. Our most recently appointed staff and students are bringing with them exciting new ideas and ambitions which are continuously opening up additional areas of research activity. We also have the ability to locate and consult other experts within the University of Cambridge or elsewhere in academia, as needed.
Please feel free to contact the Head of Department, Professor Nigel Slater, or the Director of the Institute of Biotechnology, Professor Chris Lowe if you would like any further information regarding research collaborations.