How Can Businesses Get Involved?

The Centre is currently focussing on the development of 1 Year Masters Projects and Short-Term Projects between Lancaster University, its associated partners and the region's most ambitious businesses. The below is a guide on how to start your collaboration. For more specific information on our short-term projects, please click here to visit our dedicated short-term project page.

The process for developing a collaborative project via the centre will follow a simple 8 stage process.

  1. Registration and project outline:

    Firstly, we just need you to get in touch with one of our Business Development Team. They will then be able to work with you to submit a basic outline of the broad area in which you want to consider collaboration. This simple process will also allow the centre to check a company's eligibility to receive support.

  2. Matching the project to expertise:

    On submission of the project outline, the centre will consider whether the university and partners have the appropriate expertise. The Centre will confirm whether there is appropriate expertise to help. The matching of companies to academic colleagues will be done by a team of centre colleagues from Lancaster University and partners.

  3. Allocation of a named academic collaborator:

    If the university or partner has relevant expertise then then a meeting will be arranged between a named academic member of staff at the University. This meeting will aim to develop a more detailed understanding of a proposed collaborative project.

  4. Development of the application:

    Following a meeting the centre will provide secure access to an on-line application form for completion.

  5. Assessment of the application:

    A submitted application will be considered by two panels. One panel will consider the quality and originality of the research and development proposed to be undertaken in the project. A separate panel will consider the benefits the project proposes to bring to the company's plans for growth. Each panel will score the proposals, with average scores of each panel accounting for 50% of the total score allocated to a proposal. A threshold score will be set, above which projects will be considered appropriate to receive funding. At this stage any conflicts of interest in a proposal will be reported and acknowledged.

  6. Advertisement of successful projects:

    If approved to progress, project summaries will be used as the basis of an advertisement to recruit a graduate with appropriate skills, qualifications and experience to undertake the project.

  7. Recruitment and allocation of a graduate:

    Recruitment of graduates will take place once the advert for the PhD has been agreed. Companies will participate in the recruitment of the graduate, which will be managed by the University.

  8. Completion of due diligence process on all partner companies:

    This stage confirms that full and complete information is in place for each company partner. This final stage may also include a short meeting between the company proposer and appointed persons from external organisations. Following the conclusion of this stage, projects will be finally confirmed and funds released to enable the project to commence.


If you have any questions about this process, please contact us.


“By entering into our project with the University we secured a concentrated effort and powerful resource able to focus on areas that we are prevented from considering by the day to day pressures involved with a normal business.”
Engineering Manager, JFM.