Innovation Strategy Creativity

Knowledge Exchange and Business Engagement

We design and assess Knowledge Exchange (KE) and Business Engagement (BE) activities of universities and research institutes.

We have an established track record of working with all types of universities and research institutes in this field.

KE/BE Strategy

Our unique processes enable you to link your institution’s top-level priorities with practical actions. We utilise commercial value-assessment and value-development models to identify how to position your offer in the best possible .

KE/BE Programme Design

We design knowledge exchange and business engagement programmes and can help with both funding applications and in response to calls for bids. We have extensive knowledge of the requirements of UK, EU and International funding sources.

KE/BE Programme Evaluation

We have over 20 years experience of evaluating EU Structural Funds support to innovation measures and universities' BE/KE (e.g. Innovative Actions, ERDF). We have undertaken approaching 200 evaluations to HM Treasury Green Book standards. When undertaking evaluations, we address both the ‘compliance’ requirements of funders’ and the universities' commercial/operational requirements where they are seeking to maximise the value of KE/BE to their institution.

Research Excellence framework (REF)

We have assisted different Units of Assessment to prepare robust case studies. We ensure that these case studies are accessible both for the general and specialist reader, and are backed up by strong evidence. We work with academics to prioritise impact case studies based on strength of research, available evidence (reach and significance) and fit with research environment.