PhD student Icey Lu and Dr Nicolas Rojas in the Dyson School of Design Engineering

Maximise the impact of your research by working with industry

Imperial recognises and rewards collaboration as an essential part of its activities. It takes pride in bringing tangible benefits to society by making an impact in industry, and encourages academics and research staff to work across departments, fields and institutional boundaries to tackle industry challenges.

Among the most effective ways that academics can address real-world business challenges are:

  • Industry partnerships: industry-funded research projects directed toward research goals formulated in consultation with industry partners
  • Commercialisation: the activity of turning academic discoveries into inventions, intellectual property, and ultimately into licensing deals or startup businesses.

The two often inter-related activities offer academics an opportunity to maximise the impact of their discoveries and can also offer excellent career-development opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.