Research Base

Research base

Effective engagement with the UK research base is critical to the success of Catapults.

While Catapults centres do not provide funding to support the research base, they do work closely both with partners in the Research Councils and HEFCE and the research base directly to ensure that there are opportunities for collaboration.

Equally, catapults may also be partners or collaborators with research base organisations on funding proposals to the Research Councils and HEFCE.

Catapults are actively encouraging discussions with the Research Base to explore new ways of working in partnership. However, a range of Catapult-Research Base engagements currently exist to enable improved access to businesses of all sizes. These can be categorised within the following areas:

1. Strategic Relationships – a series of formal partnerships between the Catapults and research base stakeholders have formed, these include:

  • Catapult-University strategic relationships (UK and International)
  • Government Departments/Agencies (e.g. Research Councils, HEFCE, UK Trade and Investment)
  • Businesses (of all sizes) and business groups (e.g. KTN Ltd)
  • Governance/Advisory Group representation

2. Joint Programmes and Projects – a large number of joint research and innovation programmes and projects exist where Catapult centres partner with the research base and business, these include:

  • Collaborative projects
  • Contract Research
  • Large scale sector focussed programme activities
  • Commercialisation activities
  • Technology and Capability Roadmapping
  • Networks

3. Developing People and Skills – Catapult centres and the research base are engaged in a range of people focussed business collaborations including:

  • Formal training provision (e.g. studentships – Centres for Doctoral Training, Doctoral Training Partnerships, CASE)
  • Collaborative work through people exchange mechanisms (e.g. secondments, fellowships, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships)
  • Continual Professional Development (e.g. MSc training)

4. Enabling Access to Capability – Catapults and research base partners present unique opportunities to effectively utilise and share equipment and facilities including:

  • Equipment sharing
  • Shared asset registers
  • Access to large scale facilities

5. Informing Policy Development – Catapult centres and the research base work closely together in shaping the innovation eco-system and informing policy through activities such as:

  • Joint input into Government inquiries/reviews (e.g. Science and Innovation Strategy)
  • Participation on Government advisory/strategy groups (e.g. Industry Leadership Forums)
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