Consultancy and Academic Expertise

Professor Paul Squires, School of Life Sciences biomedical science researcher

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Research News
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Child Passport Photographs Ineffective for Reliable Identification at Borders

Passport style photographs are not a reliable way to validate a child’s identity at border control or in child protection cases, according to a new study into the facial identification of infants.

Garden Seed Influences Young Turtle Doves’ Survival Chances

Britain’s fastest declining bird species, turtle doves, which are raised on a diet of seeds from non-cultivated arable plants are more likely to survive after fledging than those relying on food provided in people’s gardens. 

Monkeys with More Social Partners Better Equipped to Withstand Winter

Wild monkeys which have more social partners form larger huddles in adverse weather and have a better chance of surviving winter, new research has found.

Creating Impact: Lincoln Launches New Academic E-journal

A new academic e-journal addressing emerging issues within the higher education sector from digital education to student experience has launched at the University of Lincoln, UK.

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First Ever Proton Imaging System to be Installed in UK’s New NHS High Energy Proton Beam Therapy Centre

One of the most complex medical imaging systems ever developed which uses proton beams will be installed in one of the UK’s only two new NHS high energy proton beam therapy centres, helping to provide better treatment planning and monitoring for difficult to treat cancers.


Back in Black for Singletons Trying to Find Love

Black beats red as the colour of choice when it comes to finding new love, according to new research based on the hit TV series First Dates, which shows that single people wear more of the darker hue when meeting a potential partner for the first time. 

Nanomedicine: Drugs Can Be Made ‘Smarter’ Using New Drug Design Technology

A new method has been developed to make drugs ‘smarter’ using nanotechnology so they will be more effective at reaching their target.

New AI Research to Tackle Nuclear Waste

Researchers have secured £1.1 million in grant funding to develop AI systems for self-learning robots which could be deployed in place of humans to hazardous nuclear sites.

Global Coastal Wetlands Need to Move Inland in Fight Against Climate Change

Up to 30 per cent of coastal wetlands could be lost globally by the year 2100 with a dramatic effect on global warming and coastal flooding, if action is not taken new reserach has found.