Consultancy and Academic Expertise

Professor Paul Squires, School of Life Sciences biomedical science researcher

Access our Academic Expertise

At the University of Lincoln, we understand that innovation means something different to every business. Innovation can help your organisation become more competitive, increase sales, enter new markets and adapt to the changing expectations of your customers.

By connecting you with our internationally renowned academic experts, we can help you to develop innovative solutions for the specific challenges faced by your business.

Many organisations, from dynamic new start-ups to big name multi-nationals, have benefitted from collaborations with our academic experts through research and consultancy projects spanning a wide variety of industrial sectors. Whether it's a one-off consultancy project or a major programme of industrial R&D, we can help you identify academic talent to achieve your goals. 

lab working Research Collaboration

At the University of Lincoln, we understand that the best research outcomes are achieved through collaboration with others. The University is keen to explore where new partnerships and collaborations might work to uncover original areas of research, or contribute innovative knowledge or cutting-edge solutions to critical problems and challenges faced by businesses or the wider community.

Contact us about research
research image Consultancy and Partnerships

Join organisations including Marks & Spencer, Siemens, Mitsubishi, the MOD, and English Heritage who've worked with our academic experts. We have wide-ranging experience of collaborating with industrial partners on commercial projects. Our in-house team offers an efficient, confidential and commercially aware service to help businesses identify suitable consultancy and partnership opportunities.

Contact us about consultancy

Exterior image of National Centre for Food Manufacturing NCFM 2017

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing has been central to product development for my business, giving me access to both expertise and facilities that as a small business I would otherwise not have had. Working with the team at Holbeach has given me the opportunity to build and keep building my business, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as my business develops and grows.

Claire Hall, Founder, Percy’s

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can help your business benefit from our knowledge, technology and skills.

KTPs are a UK-wide programme that supports businesses to bring in new expertise by linking them with a university academic and highly skilled graduate. The University of Lincoln has conducted more than 60 KTPs with organisations of many different sizes and sectors, including national award-winning partnerships.

Find out how your business could benefit and learn more about funding options by contacting the Research and Enterprise team on 0800 915 5278 or email


Sparkhouse Business Incubation Centre

Sparkhouse is the University of Lincoln's business incubation centre for fledgling start-ups, located on our Brayford campus.

The centre provides access to support services, knowledge, and facilities to help you start and grow your business. It offers a range of office spaces for rent on flexible terms, as well as virtual tenancy options. New and young businesses can benefit from a supportive and collaborative culture alive with innovation and creativity.

The nearby Think Tank offers eco-friendly workspaces for more established businesses in creative, technology and manufacturing sectors.

Find Out More

Lincoln Science and Innovation Park

Opened in 2017, the Boole Technology Centre, was purpose-built to provide flexible, self-contained premium office and laboratory space for growing science and technology firms in a beautiful modern building. 

It is located on the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, a community of innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers based close to the University campus in Lincoln's historic industrial heartland.

The Boole Technology Centre is suitable for established and growing technology businesses looking for quality serviced facilities in a highly collaborative and innovative environment.

Find Out More



Ceres Agri-tech

We are proud to be part of Ceres, a collaborative agri-tech partnership between five leading UK universities and three renowned agricultural research institutes. Funded by Research England, it provides translational funding and commercialisation expertise to drive agri-tech innovation by accelerating high quality research to market.

As the pipeline of high-quality agri-tech innovation continues to grow, Ceres is now beginning the transition from grant-led funding to a long-term, investment-based evergreen fund. Ceres’s simple investment model offers significant value add by identifying and supporting cutting-edge projects, from initial ideas all the way to commercialisation, providing a continuous source of agri-tech innovation. If you'd like to discuss investment opportunities, please contact Jessica Boot-Marshall, Acting Industrial Partnerships Manager via 

Find out more

JBL Science

JBL Science

JBL Science is a commercial research organisation based within the University of Lincoln drawing on the expertise principally within the Schools of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Life Science, but with reach into departments across the entire University. JBL Science provides a direct link between industry and the scientific research capability in Lincoln, and we are excited to share our expertise and experience with the local communities.

Find out more