Collaborate to Innovate identifies SMEs with innovation or applied research needs and matches them to university research groups with complementary skills or expertise.

Aims and goals

Collaborate to Innovate supports and catalyses partnerships between individuals, companies and organisations who have common goals. Through this activity it promotes the transfer of knowledge and expertise across the life sciences ecosystem, with the end goal of commercialising the innovations resulting from these partnerships. Until now, there has been a relative lack of investment in research and innovation by SMEs due to challenges in accessing funds and knowledge gaps about the relevant expertise within academic institutions. The project aims to help overcome these challenges by promoting engagement between SMEs and the research base, alongside creating inter-university research collaborations and providing the optimum conditions for commercialisation.

How it works?

Once the SMEs have been selected they are matched with a partner university and form a collaborative research team. The team submits a detailed collaboration project plan of the expected milestones, the desired impact and the expenditure profile. The detailed plan will be approved by the assessment board before any work can commence. For selected SMEs who have not managed to identify an appropriate academic partner, MedCity provides a service that identifies the SME’s R&D needs and matches them with a relevant academic research group.

For information on Collaborate to Innovate round 1: Broad Life Sciences Innovation and the interim evaluation

For information on Collaborate to Innovate round 2: Advanced Therapies  

For information on Collaborate to Innovate with Stroke Association