IN-PART develops digital solutions, curated by in-house STEM experts, that simplify the initial connection between decision-makers in academia and industry. Our goal is to help drive impact from research by matching innovation and expertise on a level playing field globally.

Both of our products work towards the aim of simplifying the initial connection between academia and industry. In short…

Connect is an online matchmaking platform used by 250+ universities and research institutes to connect with industry teams in 6,000+ companies to commercialise academic innovations and expertise that are available and seeking collaboration. 

Discover is a bespoke scouting platform used by innovation-driven companies to profile the global landscape of academia across an active network of 1,400 institutes, either through ‘Industry Calls for Opportunities’ or ‘Request for Proposal’ campaigns that find and confirm potential solutions to specific R&D challenges or requirements. 

Since we launched our matchmaking platform Connect in 2014, we’ve initiated over 10,000 new conversations between individuals in academia and industry, with 75% of these being international. More recently, through Discover, we’ve made available over £26-million in industry funding for new academic research.

We don’t define what outcomes should lead from an introduction made through our platforms. As a result, the range of partnerships is wide-ranging and what we see on a regular basis include:

  • Licensing of intellectual property
  • Co-development of research – validation, screening, testing, up-scaling
  • Strategic partnerships and long-term collaborations
  • Grant funding applications for joint research projects
  • Funding for new research to address an industrial requirement or challenge
  • Secondments (industry to academia and vice versa)
  • Sponsored projects, MSc, PhD or Post Docs
  • Materials Transfer Agreements (MTA)
  • Consultancy

After an introduction has been initiated through one of our platforms, our team will follow up to confirm that contact has been made. After that, we play no further involvement in the conversation. It’s simpler that way. Our role is to make relevant connections as the starting point to help drive research forward. 

Outcomes are discussed exclusively between the company, researchers and institute. We don’t take any stake in the resulting partnerships. There are no hidden costs or downstream success fees, and all information submitted through our platforms is stored securely, confidentially and in accordance with GDPR. 

With Connect, our matchmaking platform, it’s completely free for teams in industry to use (registration takes a minute). Universities pay a subscription to showcase their research, technologies and disclosures on the platform.

With Discover, our bespoke scouting platform, companies commission us to run campaigns relating to their current research requirements and challenges. Universities and academics use this service for free to find new industry partners and funding for research (register here). 

To ensure that the connections we make through our platform are meaningful and relevant to the purpose of research development and commercialisation, we only allow access to those who have the capacity to action collaborations and partnerships. And the easiest way for us to do that is to keep our platforms ‘closed-loop’, using organisational and institutional affiliation as a verification step. 

As a result, we don’t permit access to consultants, legal professionals, public users, or third-party service providers.

On Connect we host cutting-edge research and innovation uploaded to the platform by the 250 universities and institutes who are subscribed. Generally, these tend to be within STEM subjects, but we also have social science research. Often they’re early-stage research projects and technologies (TRL 1-4), but we also receive opportunities as later-stage projects (TRL 5+) and spin-outs. 

All projects on Connect are confirmed as being active, available for collaboration and seeking new industry partners. 

We typically work directly with the technology transfer office or commercialization office. Usually, the subscription is institute-wide, but we also have subscriptions with smaller departments/faculties as well as larger consortiums. The types of institutes subscribed to showcase their research on Connect include universities (eg. Oxford), national laboratories (eg. Lawrence Berkley), research institutes (eg. Max Planck Institutes), hospital research centres (eg. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), healthcare systems (eg. Sanford Health), consortiums (eg. North by Northwest Partners), and international centres for scientific research (eg. CERN).

You can actively browse through all of the opportunities on the platform using our advanced search and filtering. You’ll also be able to set up your research profile (based on which, your personalised alerts will be sent), as well as setting up alerts for saved searches and following universities to be notified about the latest additions from institutes of particular interest.

After setting up an account to access Connect, a member of our in-house research team will get in touch with you by email. Using their STEM expertise, they will hand-pick the most relevant technologies from our matchmaking engine for you to review based on your research profile, as well as helping with any queries along the way.

It’s quick and easy to start a conversation with the teams behind the research hosted on Connect, simply click the ‘connect’ button in the right navigation of any article and submit your request or message. You can also reply to our emails with any questions or requests about your recommendations and matches and we’ll pass them on to the individual or team at the institute responsible for the project. In both cases, the team at the university or institute will then get in touch with you directly by email to start a conversation.

You can also leave quick feedback on any opportunity via the ‘provide feedback’ button. This is an integral part of our platform for universities, helping them to better understand market fit and industry requirements, which leads to more informed decisions about research development and commercialisation.  

Using Connect provides universities and research institutes with a level playing field to engage with an international community of R&D decision-makers who are actively looking for new academic research and technologies across all sectors, prompting meaningful conversations around commercialising research and providing a unique view on industry engagement across a portfolio. 

Each institute using Connect has access to a dashboard through which they can manage and update their listings. The dashboard also presents real-time analytics, engagement metrics, and qualitative feedback from industry to help inform decision-making and funding applications. We also provide an open portal through which you can host the disclosures listed on IN-PART on your own website with all information synced across both sites (for example:

Discover is a bespoke scouting service used by teams in industry to profile the global landscape of academia across an active network of 1,400 institutes, either through ‘Industry Calls for Opportunities’ or ‘Request for Proposal’ campaigns that find and confirm potential solutions to specific R&D challenges or requirements. 

In response to a company’s external research interests and partnering requirements, the in-house STEM experts in our Discover team seek out and invite technology transfer offices and academics to submit relevant opportunities and new proposals.

We provide industry clients with an interactive report that contains all submissions received through their campaign. If a submission is assessed to be relevant for further evaluation, our team make an introduction between the institute and company to start a conversation around routes to collaboration. 

We identify five types of opportunities from universities and academics through Discover:

  • Technologies
  • Research projects and proposals
  • Academic expertise profiles
  • Centre of excellence
  • Spin-out companies

Not every campaign is identical or will be searching for all of these types of submissions. Some companies will be looking to accept only specific opportunities that match their focus and capacities. Information regarding which types of submission are accepted can be found on each campaign page (active campaigns can be viewed here).

For TTOs at institutes subscribed to Connect:

You can view and respond to campaigns via the Discover section of your dashboard. Find the campaign that you want to submit to and complete your response directly.


For academic researchers:

Once logged in to your account, find the campaign that you want to submit to and complete your response directly.

Discover provides an extended global reach for industry innovation and R&D teams looking to gain a competitive edge. It engages TTOs and researchers at over 1,400 institutes with research and partnering requirements, enabling industry teams to unearth undisclosed opportunities, unpublished research and bespoke proposals not available anywhere else.

In short, Discover provides a ‘market pull’ for innovation from academia, working as an extension of an industry team to find the most relevant new partners from the global web of science. Where our Connect platform provides a ‘technology push’ for academic institutes, primarily for early-stage research and technologies, the in-house STEM experts in our Discover team proactively identify available research at all stages of development, as well as academic expertise, centres of excellence and spin-outs (depending on search requirements).