Working & Studying at the ICMR

ICMR building at nightResearch at ICMR is closely aligned with the needs of industry. The Institute has strong links with companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and nutrition sectors. Our partners range from multinational companies to small to medium enterprises. We are flexible in our approach to working with business, and can offer a wide range of services including:

  • Consultancy: experienced key opinion leaders provide consultancy services to clients seeking advice and expertise.
  • Contract services: high quality technical services and equipment available to hire for testing, sampling, and analysis.
  • Knowledge transfer partnerships: The KTP programme assists businesses and charities to improve their competitiveness and productivity through making use of the knowledge, technology and skills in universities.
  • Studentships: PhD studentships are frequently funded by industry partners, or jointly funded by industry and the Research Councils through the CASE studentship scheme.
  • Collaborative R&D: research that is of mutual interest to business and the Institute is often undertaken in collaboration with a company partner or consortium of partners, either funded directly by our partner companies or through the grants that are available.
  • Training and Continuing Professional Development: bespoke training and short courses designed to meet the needs of employers.
  • Intellectual property: technology developed at the university can be licensed to business partners to facilitate commercialisation.
  • Placements: taking students on placements as part of their course or during vacations can provide access to short-term resource and enable skills to be assessed prior to recruitment. The ICMR is committed to working with business to transfer its knowledge and expertise.

For more information or to discuss how ICMR can work with your company, please contact Dr Kate Hough, Senior Business Development Manager, telephone: +44 (0)118 378 6957, email:


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