How to get more funding for your research

With this compelling title, Philip Guildford, Director of Research for the Engineering Department shared his thoughts with an audience of 44, drawn from Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotech, the Computer Labs, Education, Cambridge Enterprise and even two visitors from the University of Technology, Malaysia.

Philip’s main points are summarised in the adjacent diagram.Get more funding from your research - summary 130510

The Q&A discussion revolved around how to present to industrial sponsors the uncertainties of research as distinct from the relative certainties of consultancy – what is the proposition and what do they get for their money?  Other topics included building multidisciplinary teams and working in areas outside your own, managing the risks of introducing colleagues into relationships with valued sponsor, and a debate about the IP decision faced by industrial partners: do we need to decide to own it all before the work starts, or should we wait until we can see what’s there before deciding what we’d like to own or license?

DSC_0010This workshop was run on 9th May, another in the continuing series of workshops to help researchers maximise their impact through the “Inspiring Research through Industrial Collaboration” Theme, which is led by Tim Minshall and Rob Miller.  If you would like to be on the mailing list for future talks in this series please contact Charles Boulton (  Further information on the theme can be foundat or by following


Author: innovationcoaching

I consult and coach in innovation and its management, based in the UK but working nearly anywhere. This blog is just a few musings, observations and evolving thinking. I look forward to your comments

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