Access to Expertise

Available until September 2022

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The Access to University Expertise programme offers businesses bespoke solutions to optimise their performance by providing access to specialist expertise.

Businesses can access up to £7k of academic expertise, to develop an existing product or service, or to solve a specific challenge within the business. The University of Brighton’s community of almost 1,000 researchers brings together excellence and innovation - continually pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and discovery to shape a better future. Our innovation-led, applied research advances knowledge and creates solutions. Areas of expertise include, but are not restricted to:

  • digital solutions, data evaluation and analytics
  • architecture, construction, technology, engineering, environment
  • health, sport, science and performance
  • pharmacy and bio-molecular science
  • arts and media
  • business

The programme provides the opportunity to access this resource at no cost to the business. Projects are managed in a professional and confidential environment – examples include, but are not restricted to:

  • lab-based analysis, materials and textile testing
  • data evaluation, business analytics and digital solutions
  • service design and efficiencies in business process
  • market evaluation and analysis
  • sustainability challenges (economic, social, environmental)
  • health e.g. ageing, psychology, well-being, disease
Key take-aways:
  • Professional support to develop a tailored innovation project for your company (typically projects run from between 2 – 4 months.
  • Up to £7K worth of academic expertise to work on your project (dependent on individual project outputs)
  • Access to cutting-edge research informed expertise to address specific challenges within the business.
  • Collaborate with the University of Brighton, who have a successful history of working with ambitious businesses to achieve their goals
  • Regular check-ins to keep your project on track
  • Advice on follow up support including grants and funding if applicable

Access to Expertise has been created by the University of Brighton and is delivered as part of the Brighton Research Information Technology Exchange (BRITE) project. Access to Expertise is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and fully funded for eligible SMEs.

Apply using the form below, or book a tour with the BRITE team to find out more.

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Working with the university helped us to expand our original remit and shape a coherent project.  Our collaboration has been characterised by academic rigour, a clear commitment to our commercial goals and good humour that has made the project tremendous fun!


To apply to one of our programmes, all you have to do to get the ball rolling is fill in the below form which should take no more than 5 minutes.