We place great emphasis on commercialisation as part of the spectrum of research and knowledge exchange. The establishment of strategic research centres provides a sound basis for developing a strategic approach to the commercial exploitation of our research and knowledge exchange portfolio. Across QMU there is a range of intellectual property and plenty of know-how created via research and other academic activity. Much of this intellectual property may have commercial potential as new products or services and we welcome enquiries from stakeholders interested in working in partnership to explore commercial opportunities.

QMU actively promotes the utilisation of our intellectual property to achieve wider social and economic benefits and maximise the impact of its research. We encourage and support researchers to identify commercial opportunities arising from their research and then work with them to evaluate and develop these opportunities to commercially viable outcomes.

In 2018, in response to the opportunities presented by the UK Industrial Strategy, we launched the first QMU Innovation Fellowship programme, supported by the Scottish Funding Council’s (SFC) University Innovation Fund (UIF).


UK Industrial Stategy

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) is an integral part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which aims to raise UK productivity and economic growth through innovation. ISCF will deliver a major portion of the Government’s commitment to increase R&D funding by £4.7 billion over four years. Overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), ISCF will be managed by Innovate UK and the Research Councils as part of Research & Innovation UKRI.

ISCF adopts a challenge-focused approach and aims to bring together researchers and UK businesses to tackle some of the key issues affecting industry and society including productivity, economic growth and global competitiveness. ISCF funding seeks to build on the UK’s strengths from industry and the research base. By building consortia of multi-disciplinary expertise from academia, industry and other stakeholders it is anticipated that ISCF funding will generate transformative solutions to drive the UK’s long-term competitiveness to benefit industry and society.

Grand Challenges

A series of challenges have been defined through consultation with industry. They share two common characteristics:

  • The UK has world-leading research and businesses that are ready to innovate in the target area
  • The global market is large or fast-growing and sustainable

A full list of the challenges with detailed information is available from the UKRI website.

Current ISCF Funding Opportunities 

We are watching for calls as they emerge, as well as working with industry and engaging with Government, to shape future calls and opportunities.

ISCF funding is focused on Challenge Areas.

  • No single portal exists for ISCF funding opportunities, calls will be published on the site of the lead UKRI council.
  • Innovate-UK led opportunities are published through the Innovation Funding Service.

Connecting and engaging with QMU

QMU is internationally recognised for excellence in research and teaching in many of the priority and grand challenge areas that form the approach of the UK's Industrial Strategy. Through the work of our Research Centres we have a range of international research expertise, and we have a growing portfolio of industry partners, from SMEs to multinational companies both within the region, the UK and internationally. We have a track record as a selected strategic partner not just on the basis of our capability but also on our approach to managing these collaborations.




QMU is an active partner in University Technology (UT) - a pan-Scottish university collaborative initiative to showcase new technology opportunities from Scotland’s academic research base.

This unique initiative builds on Scotland’s high worldwide reputation for commercialisation of new technologies and enables companies and investors from business & industry find the best new technologies and the most exciting technology transfer opportunities that Scotland has to offer.

Commercial Opportunities

QMU is capitalising on its key areas of research strength with the development of new technologies, enabling companies and investors find the best new technologies to help grow their own businesses.

QMU Spin Out and Community Interest Companies
Articulate Instruments

QMU Innovation Park

QMU’s proposals for the QMU Innovation Park (QMUIP) will support economic development both locally and nationally. It will provide a creative space where productive relationships between businesses, the university sector and the wider community can flourish and where entrepreneurial thinking and action can be nurtured on a local and national basis.

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Miriam Smith Business Development Manager
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