£50,000 to bring your next product to life. World-class knowledge in wearable tech. A 3D printer, wind tunnel or state-of-the-art kiln.

Whatever your business needs from a university, you can find it with konfer. And universities can find the right business partner to work with on their research.

UK universities are bursting with innovation. From Aberdeen to Plymouth and Aberystwyth to Exeter, world-class academics are keen to collaborate with industry, charities and the public sector.

konfer was created by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) to make this astonishing wealth of expertise and resources accessible. Working in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK (RCUK), konfer brings knowledge and growth to businesses, valuable exposure for university talent, and future prosperity for the UK.

When a business owner spots an opportunity, konfer supports the journey from finding a research partner and funding to planning and co-creation. It does this by giving direct access to:

  • 8000 academics
  • 11,000 facility and equipment listings
  • 800,000 web pages from university sites and social media
  • 22,000 YouTube videos from university channels
  • 10,000 news, funding and events articles from curated feeds
  • 50,000 publicly funded research projects
  • konfer brings knowledge and growth to businesses, valuable exposure for university talent, and future strength for the UK economy.

We want konfer to be as useful as possible, so we are currently sharing an Alpha version of the site.

No need for passwords or user names – just dive straight in. https://konfer.online

This means things may be a little rough around the edges and there may be some bugs we need to squish! But, we hope that by sharing the site with you early, we can work together to make it better. We’d love to get your feedback and any suggestions you may have, so let us know your thoughts at konfer@ncub.co.uk.

How it works...

Working in partnership with HEFCE, RCUK and Innovate UK, the National Centre the tool will facilitate a step change in the ease with which business-university collaborations can be enabled. 

It will do this by bringing together data from a targeted range of websites, such as:

Gateway-to-research Innovate-uk Orcid equipment-data

It will also pull information directly from university websites and databases, and apply the latest data analytics tools and techniques.

Here are some useful articles on konfer:

Exciting Times for konfer Ben Showers

The Value of Shared Ambition David Docherty

Open to konfer State of the Relationship Report

konfer Alpha Live Launch National Centre

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