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Research and academia

Working with world-leading researchers from top UK universities to bring the latest thinking into the heart of industry.

How we help

Digital Catapult connects academics and researchers with large businesses and our innovator community to increase the impact of research and accelerate the adoption of advanced digital technologies.

With our strong relationships with corporates, startups and scaleups we provide academia with the industrial context that focuses research, accelerates commercialisation and breaks down barriers to innovation. By creating partnerships and facilitating the exchange of knowledge, we de-risk innovation, facilitate upscaling and delivery to market, and provide opportunities for large-scale demonstrators.

Digital Catapult has membership of advisory boards, for universities, departments, research centres and Centres for Doctoral Training. We mentor PhD students and offer placements with ourselves and our community, and also offer research residencies to increase the impact of research, the exchange of knowledge and co-creation between academia and the Catapult centres. 

Researchers can also access innovative small businesses for collaborative opportunities. We have proximity to the government and access to funding. We can facilitate operational upscaling, and can accelerate collaboration processes.

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Researchers in Residence

The Researchers in Residence (RIR) programme enables leading academics to spend research visits in catapult centres. Each Researcher in Residence…

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