ERI’s primary role is to commercialise the world-class research and academic expertise at the University of Edinburgh to potential funders, collaborators, licensees or investors.
We aim to make it easier for business and industry to engage with the University of Edinburgh by developing fruitful partnerships through a range of technology transfer services:
- Sponsored research collaborations
- Industrial studentships
- Technology licensing
- Formation of new University spin-out or start-up companies
- Access to academic expertise
- Commercial use of research facilities
With over 40 years’ experience in developing and commercialising the University’s research base, ERI has an enviable record in the efficient and effective stewardship of the intellectual property (IP) generated by the world-class research undertaken at the University.
ERI has invested heavily in developing a robust commercialisation process, and in the thorough evaluation of any new idea, discovery or invention to determine the most effective commercialisation route to ensure a successful transfer from the laboratory into industry.
Edinburgh Research and Innovation has an enviable track record of successful commercialisation and notable achievements over 45 years including the creation of over 300 new companies; with 81% still trading. Many of these are award-winning, thereby strengthening the University’s position as one of the top-performing enterprise universities in the UK.
ERI has established 2,270 industrial collaborations in the past five years, to transfer the University’s knowledge and expertise to support business innovation through sponsored research, licensing and consultancy.
An economic impact report has shown that Edinburgh Research and Innovation’s commercialisation activities generates over £164.5 million GVA per annum for the UK economy (over £201.6 million globally), and supports over 2,800 jobs (over 3,500 globally).
For more information visit the Edinburgh Research and Innovation website.