Innovate and grow your business

In addition to the funding we receive from UK Research Council, there are also other sources of funding available to support collaborative research. This is typically to share the risk of pre-competitive research, and designed to help companies develop the products and services of the future. Where access to expertise and facilities is required to support a developmental project, the University of Southampton is your ideal partner.

By working in collaboration with us, your business can gain economically whilst benefiting from our unrivalled spectrum of expertise. The following sources of funding are available:

Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

The Technology Strategy Board invests in collaborative projects throughout the UK, which involve collaboration between businesses and researchers on Research and Development projects in strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology. From these projects many successful new products, processes and services have emerged. Funding is available for Collaborative Research projects that address specific strategic priorities for the UK, and also as individual grants for SMEs under the TSB's SMART Scheme.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

KTP's are a government funded scheme led by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). This involves the formation of a partnership between your business and the University, enabling you to access skills and expertise to help your company develop. The partnership will also involve one or more recent graduates to facilitate this transfer of knowledge. They will come work within your company on a project central to your needs and will be jointly supervised by company personnel and one of our senior academics.

The partnering company will typically reap the following benefits*:


More information on KTPs
Our KTPs
Knowledge Transfer Partnership website

EC Framework Funds - Framework 7

Framework 7 (the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) has run from 2007 to 2013 and it is the EU's main funding mechanism for research funding in Europe and has a total budget of over € 50 billion. Currently over 10% of our annual research income comes from the EC, making the University of Southampton one of the most successful UK Universities to attract EC funds.


More funding

Research Councils and European Funding

Related items:

KTP case study, TSB case study
Technology Strategy Board

Technology Strategy Board

Investing in collaborative projects throughout the UK

"KTPs help get the best minds working to solve problems, respond to challenges and spark creativity, thus stimulating growth and helping to drive the UK’s future economic prosperity.”

Iain Gray, Technology Strategy Board’s Chief Executive