The University of Warwick is putting research at the heart of business in the Midlands
The Science City Research Alliance brings together the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham in collaborative projects in Advanced Materials, Energy Futures and Translational Medicine. The Alliance works with a host of companies and businesses in the West Midlands region, from local small businesses to multi-nationals like Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Unilever.
It is helping businesses innovate and solve problems by opening up access to the latest research and specialist state-of-the-art equipment in science, engineering and medicine. As a consequence businesses are developing their own technologies, products and processes, pooling expertise and working collaboratively on research projects.
In its first five years, the Alliance has assisted 250 businesses and created or attracted to the region 14 new ones. It has helped create 400 jobs, secure a further 75 more, and provided skills support, training and development on over 1500 occasions.
The Alliance is supported through the Higher Education Innovation Fund, industry and charity grants, contracts, and funding from the UK Research Councils and Technology Strategy Board.