Working with Industry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Collaborative research allows industrial sponsors to gain access to the Department’s world-leading expertise and facilities. We are open to a variety of collaborative relationships, examples of which are detailed below.


Research Funding

The Department has been involved in numerous joint research funding applications over the years to a variety of research councils, charities and European initiatives. Examples include collaborative research projects (either cash or in-kind support from companies), secondments, knowledge exchange, impact acceleration, etc.

See funding opportunities for upcoming deadlines. 



Industry-focused research projects can be undertaken by our graduate students, with various opportunities available for full and part-funding of studentships. The Department has a strong history of industrial CASE awards, involving joint-funding from companies and the Research Council. See funding opportunities for upcoming deadlines. 

Alternatively, partners can also get involved in existing Graduate Training programmes. Contact us if you would like to discuss how to be involved, including building new, innovative studentship funds.


Visiting Professorships and Industrial Membership of Advisory Boards

To help bridge the gap between industrial and academic research, there are a number of Visiting Professorships available and possible representation in the Department’s advisory bodies (e.g. Development Board).


Patentability and Technology Transfer

Our partners at Oxford University Innovation can facilitate rapid development of IP agreements and patents. For more information, visit Commercialisation of Chemistry. Alternatively, there are several open-access opportunities that companies can partner with, including in Graduate Training.


Contact us to discuss collaboration opportunities:

Dr Katherine Rooke
Senior Research Facilitator for Chemistry
01865 275989