Collaboration & Knowledge Exchange

Whether you are an international company, a rapidly growing SME, or an innovative public or third sector organisation, the University collaborates with a wide range of local and international organisations to carry out collaborative research and address real world problems.

The University has access to a number of funding schemes which allows businesses to collaborate on projects which will help address their challenges, whether they are short or long term. Below are examples of the funding schemes available to support collaboration. 

kkess2_width_Jan2017_edit_80%.png Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships - KESS II

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships II (KESS II) programme supports Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities, jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales.

ktp_Jan2017_edit_80%.pngKTP – Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Funding

For businesses who want to solve a strategic problem, improve a process or develop a new product by embedding new knowledge from the University and train a good graduate to implement the project. Projects lasting between 6 months and 3 years are supported with up to 60% funding available depending on the size of the company.

innovateuk_Jan2017_edit_80%.pngInnovate UK - Collaborative R&D Funding 

The UK Government innovation offers funding for businesses to carry out collaborative R&D with the university partners. Innovate UK offers a range of programmes and tools to support businesses on the innovation journey. Funding projects range from small proof -of-concept grants and feasibility studies through to large multi-partner collaborative R&D and demonstration projects.

expertise_wales_Jan2017_edit_80%.pngSMART Expertise 

SMART provides a suite of integrated programmes to provide support to Welsh businesses in collaboration with Universities to commercialise new products, processes and services developed through research, development and innovation processes. 

USW Consultancy & Contract Research 

Our Consultancy and contract research services are another effective way to access the wealth of expertise and facilities on offer at the University. With our dedicated research academics and support staff and excellent research and development facilities, we can provide a range of support and advice.

Access our Facilities 

To enhance its teaching and the application of learning, the University has invested in superb facilities which can be accessed by industry and other organisations. 

To find out more about the Facilities and how you can access them >> click here

Contact Us:

To meet someone to discuss your needs and find out how you could collaborate with the University, please email us at or talk directly to one of the team