Durham Business and Innovation Service

Delivered by Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Durham University works with external organisations across a wide range of sectors. Whether you are interested in collaborating with our world-leading academics or you wish to access our research facilities and equipment, we can work with you. Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides guidance, expert advice and hands-on support for all aspects of research and research-related work, including securing funding, working with partners, undertaking knowledge exchange, demonstrating impact, commercialising outputs, ensuring good research practice and supporting professional development.


The Research Commercialisation team’s mission is to disseminate research outcomes via the commercialisation of ideas and new technologies. They provide a flexible package of support for IP development through which they can progress opportunities for commercialisation and economic development, including:
  • Assisting colleagues with the development of an IP strategy and commercialisation plan
  • Supporting funding applications for translation of research into practice such as commercialisation and follow on funding
  • Creation of spin-out companies
  • Licensing and sale of IP
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Research development

The Research Development team is a small unit of research-funding specialists dedicated to supporting academic colleagues to develop their research from inception to application. They can work with individuals or groups to explore ideas and help develop them into research funding applications, linking with colleagues across the professional support services including those in Research Institutes, DARO, Partnerships and Engagement and Research Operations. Find out more.

Business & partnership engagement

The Partnerships and Engagement team within the Research and Innovation Services directorate works with external organisations and our academic colleagues to facilitate the creation of new research and commercial opportunities, ensuring that Durham University’s research is world-changing with global impact and reach. Support includes:
  • Strategic partnerships –  Get access to exceptional academic expertise, world-leading research, and state of the art equipment and facilities.
  • Consultancy –Typical consultancy projects involve advice on technical problems, evaluation of data, review of strategies or policies, participation in advisory boards and expert witness work.
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Equipment & facilities

We have an extensive range of state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities across a range of disciplines. Our equipment and facilities are open to external organisations and include equipment in:
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Psychology
In some cases you can access our facilities directly, or you can use the services of our highly skilled technicians to analyse samples for you. Find out more.

Business projects

Access talented resource, knowledge and experience, through a Business Project. A Business Project  can help you tackle issues or opportunities you may not have the time or resources to address, give an objective insight you need, deliver you practical recommendations specific to your business and much more. Here are just some of the many benefits:
  • Leading-edge thinking: gain high quality, tailored research on the issues that matter to your business.
  • Practical advice: discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage and improve performance.
  • In-depth knowledge: access the extensive resources of Durham University Business School. A fresh perspective: draw on our multidisciplinary, multicultural perspectives and the latest business knowledge.
  • A comprehensive final management report.
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