Supporting SMEs with Strong Partnerships 

Ulster University’s world-leading research and internationally excellent expertise is developing innovative solutions to business problems of all shapes and sizes. We partner with thousands of organisations each year to solve their toughest challenges, create value, and deliver social impact.   

Our expertise includes:

  • Bringing new products and innovations from idea to market through new product development
  • Future-proofing your business with bespoke research
  • Providing innovation funding and investment programmes support
  • Solving a technical problem or driving internal efficiencies through government-funded programmes
  • Providing product validation with our world-class facilities and equipment
  • Enabling access to our world-leading talent and expertise

We provide a range of government-backed, industry-tailored programmes, such as Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Invest NI Innovation Vouchers, which channel University expertise directly into your business.  

Together, we can transform organisations, improve society, and drive growth. We can work with you to help prime your business to achieve your immediate goals and deliver long-term sustainable growth. We are committed to unlocking the full potential of Northern Ireland and your business through our investment in our people, our places and our partnerships.  

We are uniquely positioned to support your business through our expertise, world-class skills and talent, exceptional facilities, and tailored partnership programmes across Northern Ireland. We can work together to drive change and shape the future. Through partnership and collaboration, we can help solve your immediate issues while thinking and working long-term to future-proof your organisation. 

Whether you want a partner for new product development, core research, research commercialisation, start-up, or scale-up support, or simply solving a technical problem, we will engage our researchers and innovation specialists to help you with your business needs.