ERI's Consultancy Office makes it easier for organisations to access the world class academic expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that are available from the University of Edinburgh.
With over 3000 academic experts undertaking research in a wide range of disciplines, University of Edinburgh’s academic expertise is sourced and valued by organisations around the world, ranging from SMEs to multinational organisations and from governments to international development agencies.
These world class academic consultants can provide a short-term, flexible, high-value resource offering their expertise, knowledge and opinion to help solve the intellectual and practical challenges posed by industry and governments.
Information on the research capabilities of the University's academic experts is available on the Edinburgh Research Explorer.
We are here to help you
ERI's Consultancy team has an excellent track record of working with organisations to find cost effective solutions to the challenges that you are facing. Our experienced team will work closely with you to understand the challenges and identify the best academic expert or facility in the University to meet your requirements in order to:
- Increase your competitiveness
- Develop new ideas, products or processes
- Validate existing products or processes
- Exploit new market opportunities
A range of services to suit your needs
We can help you access to the latest research and expertise at the University of Edinburgh, through a flexible range of commercial services designed to suit your needs, including:
- Advice & opinion
- Expert witness
- Design & evaluation of commercial drug trials
- Experimental / prototype design & development
- Programme management
- Laboratory based testing & analysis
- Proof-of-principle testing of new & emerging technologies
- Assessment of existing processes
- Customised training
- Strategic planning
- Representation on scientific advisory boards of commercial organisations
- Speaker engagement
Whether you are looking to increase your competitiveness, develop new ideas, products or processes and exploit new market opportunities, ERI's Consultancy Office will find the best resource in the University to meet your requirements.
State-of-the-art facilities available to you
As one of the UK’s top research universities, Edinburgh is home to world-class centres of excellence, undertaking a wide range of complementary research across a wide range of sectors. Within these centres, some of the most sophisticated analytical and testing facilities in the world are available for access by organisations like you.
Further support is available from experienced technical and research staff within these facilities, who can provide a comprehensive and accurate interpretation of data that will enable you to implement the results within your organisation.
Here are some examples of the facilities available:
Speeding up the process
As turnaround time is usually critical, we arrange our services around a simple consultancy agreement and an agreed daily rate. These template agreements have been prepared under Scots Law using terms and conditions that we believe to be more acceptable by our industry partners.
Funding for innovation
A range of funding support initiatives are available to encourage business and industry, especially SMEs, to work more closely with universities. ERI's Consultancy Office can help you identify and submit an application to the relevant funding initiative to help with your project.