Supporting academic-driven commercial projects across Imperial
Imperial College Projects Limited enables delivery of academic-driven commercial projects on behalf of Imperial College London. Such projects may involve a range of activities including but not limited to technical and knowledge-based services. Imperial College Projects is able to support academic teams at Imperial to participate in these commercial projects that are funded by a range of clients, including government agencies, companies and non-profit organisations. The company is particularly active on supporting international initiatives for Imperial and we have a wide range of partners from across the world. The projects may for instance involve technical capacity building with our commercial partners, or alternatively could be membership-based or long-term testing initiatives that leverage Imperial’s word-class knowledge base.
The project model for Imperial College Projects is depicted on the left. This model highlights the four key components to the company’s projects, which are as follows: Designed to leverage Imperial’s world-class academic capabilities; delivered to meet the technical needs of our commercial clients; enabled through joint working between Imperial College Projects and academics from Imperial College (underpinned by a multidisciplinary focus); managed according to a structured and process-driven project management approach.
While the technical work of Imperial College Projects is undertaken by academic teams across Imperial, it is the Programme Management Office (PMO) team within Imperial’s Enterprise Division that provides the project management services for the company. This focused work includes business planning and proposal development, liaison with academic teams and partners, drafting contractual agreements and negotiation with clients as well as financial administration and managing project delivery. The PMO team includes staff with many years of experience in developing and managing the delivery of complex projects at Imperial. The PMO team also acts as a conduit into Imperial College for our clients so that they can be quickly advised on which academic teams are best placed to support the client’s needs.
The company’s leadership team includes senior staff from Imperial College in order to ensure the operations of the company are delivered efficiently and make sure that the strategy of the company remains closely aligned to Imperial College. The leadership team have significant experience of managing company operations as well as the delivery of complex initiatives.
Types of projects
Typical projects delivered through Imperial College Projects include but are not limited to the following types:
1. Technical services for commercial partners that require project management as part of knowledge based work to support science, technology and clinical initiatives.
2. Membership programmes where Imperial is able to provide commercial clients with technical assistance and knowledge-based services that leverage Imperial’s advanced research capabilities.
3. High-volume testing services that involve academic facilities and know-how applied to meet the various testing needs of commercial clients on a long-term basis.
4. Branding and co-branding of initiatives that utilise Imperial’s brand and help advance the strategic agenda of the commercial partner and Imperial.