There are a number of sources of funding that support industry collaborations with University researchers. Some of the most frequently used are outlined below.

If you want to collaborate with the University of Aberdeen and none of the funding schemes below are applicable, then please contact us to discuss by email (Email Research & Innovation) or by phone +44 (0)1224 272123.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK Government funded knowledge transfer mechanism designed to increase the competitiveness of the UK's industrial base. The North of Scotland KTP Centre supports projects with partners across Grampian, the Highlands and Islands and the rest of the UK.


Companies have the opportunity to participate in large or small European projects in partnership with the University. Funding support is available via the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 scheme.

Many of the opportunities within Horizon2020 are targeted at partnerships involving academic and non-academic beneficiaries in order to connect academic advances with an impact on the economy. Some require the industry partner to be the leader of a consortium. Pre- and post-award support can be offered to external applicants, as long as the University is participating as Co-ordinator or Partner in the resulting project. Find out about forthcoming calls for funding.

If you are Scottish based SME, there is funding available for you to help support the development of partnerships.

If you have an enquiry about the University as a potential project partner please contact Susan Hastings.

Research Councils

There are a number of funding routes for industry-academia partnerships available from Research Councils.

Each research council offers distinct opportunities for companies and third sector organisations to work with University researchers, ranging from PhD studentships to funded research.

For an overview of knowledge exchange schemes supported by Research Councils:

RCUK Innovation information

Further information is available from each of the Research Councils:

Innovation Vouchers

Innovation Vouchers provide funding support to allow University of Aberdeen researchers to spend time working on a question or problem of importance to an SME. This could be a technical, process or organisation question.

The breadth of projects supported through Innovation Voucher funding is demonstrated by our case studies.

If you wish to discuss Innovation Voucher funding, please contact Dr Miguel Rey (Email: Miguel Rey; phone +44 (0)1224 274157.

Technology Strategy Board

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) provides funding for business innovation, working with businesses, researchers and policy makers to drive new technological advances.

The TSB's Collaborative R&D scheme co-funds partnerships between businesses and academia.

Open competitions can be accessed here.


Many businesses support postgraduate students including PhD students through their studies and there are a number of schemes to support businesses in this activity.

To find out more about the benefits of working with the University through student sponsorship, visit the