Horizon Partners

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Collaboration Opportunities

There are several ways in which partners may collaborate with Horizon, enabling different levels of engagement that may change over time as activities are initiated, executed and wound down. In addition to the initial partners noted within the Research Councils UK funding Horizon encourages requests from new partners aligned with Horizon’s objectives.  Horizon currently has a portfolio of over 200 partners across a broad range of sectors

External Funding

Applying for external funding is the most frequent way in which our partners collaborate with us – our researchers/partners respond to an external funding call relevant to their area of research/work.  It is strongly encouraged in these types of application that the University collaborate with Industry partners; this links the work of Industry with that of the University and vice versa.  Often there can be a tremendous amount of overlap which will allows for mutually beneficial research to occur.  Often our industry partners have access to actual data but may not necessarily have the expertise or time to conduct the research that would be of great interest to both the company and Horizon. 

This work often involves “in-kind contribution”, money does not change hands.  Partners offer us their time and expertise, potential access to their facilities, data, networks etc.  As part of the funding process we include this in-kind contribution in the application to give the funders a better idea of the real value of the research.  Please contact the Horizon team to discuss the possibilities and specific details of costing.

Examples of external funding bodies are:

  • Research Councils
  • Innovate UK
  • European Funding (EU)
  • Other (e.g. E-ON, Google, Catapult Centres)

PhD Studentships

As a partner you can sponsor a PhD studentship.  These generally are four years in duration and involve the student spending periods of time with the partner developing their research.  Please read the section on Partnering with the CDT and contact the Horizon team if you have any questions.

Horizon Internships

Internships may involve collaboration with our industry partners, and are based at Horizon throughout the calendar year with a significant number during the summer vacation. The 10- to 12-week internships are open to applications from students at any higher education institution and will be advertised at the Internship Page, with links from our News page and Twitter feed.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Partners can collaborate more generally with the University and Horizon through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).


For further details, please contact our Transformation Manager Sue Jones on s.jones@nottingham.ac.uk

Take a look at our Case Studies section which highlights some of our work with partners.

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