ScotCHEM has considerable economic impact. Besides the direct benefits from our world-class fundamental research, we also contribute by working with industry. We work with diverse organisations ranging from small local businesses to large international concerns. We regularly work with the chemical, pharma and life sciences sectors. Our collaborators also come from more unexpected fields including, aerospace, transport, and manufacturing. A number or examples are on our case studies page. The problems tackled and methods of engagement are equally diverse.

We work closely with Chemical Sciences Scotland, the hub that combines the elements of the Scottish chemical sector.

Student and Staff Industrial Placements

ScotCHEM members operate many different placement programs for staff and students. These include undergraduate summer placements and internships. Yet, the main method for collaboration is through industry doctorates. These involve graduate students working on an industrially defined project. The students often also work at industry sites. These are a cost-effective way for businesses to access university expertise and facilities. They also offer real world experience to young scientists.
Innovate-UK’s, Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP) also offer an excellent platform for Industry-Academia collaborations.

Collaborative Grants

ScotCHEM’s members are continually engaged in collaborative research programs with industry. These can range from small two-party collaborations to large multi-partner multinational programs. Programs range in value from a few thousand to several million pounds. If your interests align well with one or our research themes this may be an excellent way for us to work together. These programs are typically funded by:

Contract Research

We also engage in straightforward contract research. We would be happy to discuss your needs.

Access to Facilities

ScotCHEM has powerful capabilities in synthesis, manufacture, and characterisation. We are keen where possible to make our facilities and expertise available commercially. You can look for specific facilities by searching our equipment database. Excellent guidance is also available from the Interface specialist facilities pages.

Intellectual Property

Valuable intellectual property regularly emerges from our research. Information on current opportunities is available from University Technology or from our member universities.


The best way to take advantage of these opportunities is to make us aware of your interests. If you are interested in working with us please contact us via our enquiries page.