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Industrial Collaboration


Collaboration Overview

Cambridge Mathematics is open to engaging in collaborations with business and industry and welcomes enquiries from potential new partners. Our world-class mathematical research is exceptionally far-reaching and cross-disciplinary – driving innovation across a diverse range of areas including imaging, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Mathematical research has been shown to impact industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, construction, financial services, medical diagnostics, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, security, telecommunications, water and many more. 

Mutual Benefits

The advantages of working together are mutual.

  • Companies benefit from developing relationships with world-leading mathematicians to resolve the most difficult research questions, while gaining access to state-of-the-art facilities and some of the world’s brightest students.
  • Academic researchers welcome the opportunity to partner with organisations on tackling highly challenging and interesting investigations that deliver real impact.
  • Additionally, a mathematical approach provides the advantage of fresh perspectives that can unlock hidden insights for a range of problems.

Already, many organisations have found partnerships with us a remarkably effective way of resolving tough issues, transforming their research outcomes and accessing new knowledge. Current and previous partners include: Arup, AstraZeneca, BP, Building Research Establishment, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants, Discovery Channel, Dstl, Dyson, GlaxoSmithKline, Laing O’Rourke, Rolls Royce, Schlumberger, Shell, Syngenta, UK Meteorological Office, Unilever and Xaar.

Partnership Opportunities

Successful partnerships usually grow and flourish over time.  They often start from small projects or even from conversations with visiting speakers.

We recognise the importance of effective communication and building rapport with our partners.  Discussing the underlying research objectives is the first step in the process.  This enables us to assess how the challenges align with our expertise and to develop the most effective type of collaboration.


Short Term Projects and Placements

An ideal way to resolve a specific problem or gain an insight into a new research area.

  • CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) students have the option to carry out a small external project in their first year during the Lent Term.  Projects from industry are welcome.
  • The Cambridge Mathematics Placements (CMP) programme enables Masters and undergraduate students to find summer research placements in industry, the public sector, and other University departments. Students develop transferable skills and gain experience of doing innovative mathematical research in an external setting, while hosts engage a talented mathematician to tackle research questions.  Organisations looking to engage a student a mathematics student can submit their projects to CMP between November and January of each academic year.
  • MPhil Computational Biology. All the students complete a summer research project assessed as part of the MPhil.  We are always looking for interesting projects and proposals from industry are welcome.

Longer Term Projects

An opportunity to engage in leading-edge research and support a longer term relationship.

  • Industry funded PhD.  Organisations may fund PhD research programmes either though the Doctoral Training Centre or directly with the academic supervisor.
  • Post Doctoral research projects.  Research Associates may also undertake collaborative projects. Organisations can benefit from the input of experienced researchers.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).  These are research projects part funded by the UK government to promote transfer of knowledge from UK universities to businesses.  KTPs are a three-way partnership including the graduate who works at the company bringing new skills and knowledge.  See .
  • Collaborative Projects. A company may offer to donate to or sponsor university research directly, for example through Institutes, embedded laboratories, or University Technology Centres.


Consultancy with academics

Consultancy is an important and effective way for the University to share knowledge and expertise with external organisations.  Thus, individual academics can offer services based on their specialist areas.  This may encompass giving advice as consultants or providing targeted executive development or education.



If you are interested in finding out more about how your organisation can work together with Cambridge Mathematics, please contact the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator:

Dr Stephanie North, or