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Maximising Impact through Collaboration

Imperial is home to the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. Our Faculty’s world class research offers exciting opportunities for collaboration and engagement. We strive to provide an environment where collaborations between academia and industry can flourish, enabling us to work towards solving global problems.

If you are interested in collaborating with our outstanding researchers, we offer exceptional and compelling opportunities for engagement, and look forward to talking with you.

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Why work with us?

  • Gain exposure to world-leading research
  • Utilise educational and training excellence
  • Connect to expertise in translation and knowledge transfer
  • Collaborate with world-renowned academics
  • Access a global pool of talented students
  • Join a network of partners and public funding bodies
  • Grasp the opportunity to influence of a global scale

How to work with us?

Read about the different ways to work with us below, including research, consortia, facility sharing and training opportunities.

Collaborative research

  • Working with Pharma
    Researchers within our Department of Life Sciences are working with GSK to help them understand the mechanisms of action of a group of receptor proteins and aid effective drug design.

    The Japan-based pharmaceutical company, Ono Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, and researchers within the Departments of Life Sciences worked together to develop new technology useful for identifying novel compounds targeting sodium channels.

  • Working with the Food Industry
    Imperial’s Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation is working on a number of projects with Dairy Crest to investigate how synthetic biology applications may improve the quality, sustainability and freshness of their products.

    Researchers in the Department of Life Sciences and the MRC Centre of Molecular Bacteriology and Infection are collaborating with the French company, Danone Research to develop and test probiotic dairy fermented products.

  • Other case studies
  1. Centre for Plastic Electronics
  2. Syngenta
  3. Institute of Shock Physics

Collaborative consortia

DandilionResearchers from across our departments work with a number of companies in consortia. AGRI-net facilitates the translation of novel tools and technologies, bringing together chemical biology and agri-science research communities from academia and industry in partnership with policymakers to develop research targeted at the grand challenge of crop sustainability.

Pharmacat fosters collaboration between chemists, chemical engineers and industry (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Syngenta and Lilly) to support pre-competitive research in the area of the catalysis of organic reactions. Aims include developing innovative chemical technologies to effect best routes and processes for the production of pharmaceuticals, incorporating quality-by-design, as well as better environmental credentials.

Collaboration through training

Collaboration through trainingOur Department of Mathematics has a number of industry sponsored studentships from Citigroup, Lloyds TSB, Nomura and RBS covering research areas such as probability and stochastic analysis. Such collaborations offer both the students and academics connections and insight into the commercial environment.

Researchers within our Centre for Environmental Policy are collaborating with the Veolia Group in the Veolia Imperial Pathfinder Programme (VIP Programme) to develop and deliver academic training, research and innovation. The aim of the programme is to implement environmental and economic sustainability more quickly and efficiently into the world of business.

Facility Sharing

Facility trainingThrough a partnership with Agilent, the research instrument manufacturer, the Department of Chemistry obtained access to complex and expensive equipment and exposure to industrial practices for its students.

In exchange for use of Chemistry’s clean laboratory environments and specialised infrastructure, the company housed an atomic force microscope in the department as part of a demonstration site, enabling students to be taught hands-on research and instrument testing skills.

Who we work with

Imperial academics have existing links with with a broad range of corporate partners which includes a number of major collaborations.

Contact us



Director of Industry Partnerships & Commercialisation (Faculty of Natural Sciences)
+44 (0) 20 7594 3798


Industry Partnerships & Commercialisation Executive (Faculty of Natural Sciences)
+44 (0) 20 7594 7596

Case studies