We place great emphasis on commercialisation as part of the spectrum of research and knowledge exchange. The establishment of strategic research centres provides a sound basis for developing a strategic approach to the commercial exploitation of our research and knowledge exchange portfolio. Across QMU there is a range of intellectual property and plenty of know-how created via research and other academic activity. Much of this intellectual property may have commercial potential as new products or services and we welcome enquiries from stakeholders interested in working in partnership to explore commercial opportunities.

QMU actively promotes the utilisation of our intellectual property to achieve wider social and economic benefits and maximise the impact of its research. We encourage and support researchers to identify commercial opportunities arising from their research and then work with them to evaluate and develop these opportunities to commercially viable outcomes.



UK Industrial Strategy

The UK Industrial Strategy and the increasing emphasis on emerging and disruptive technologies has transformed the research environment. 

The creation of UKRI and major new funding streams such as the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) require new partnerships and approaches to conducting research.

Learn more about how QMU's diverse strengths and its collective ability can address the place-based or thematic challenges that are the foundation of the strategy.


QMU is an active partner in University Technology (UT) - a pan-Scottish university collaborative initiative to showcase new technology opportunities from Scotland’s academic research base.

This unique initiative builds on Scotland’s high worldwide reputation for commercialisation of new technologies and enables companies and investors from business & industry find the best new technologies and the most exciting technology transfer opportunities that Scotland has to offer.

Commercial Opportunities

QMU is capitalising on its key areas of research strength with the development of new technologies, enabling companies and investors find the best new technologies to help grow their own businesses.

QMU Spin Out and Community Interest Companies
Articulate Instruments

QMU Innovation Park

QMU’s proposals for the QMU Innovation Park (QMUIP) will support economic development both locally and nationally. It will provide a creative space where productive relationships between businesses, the university sector and the wider community can flourish and where entrepreneurial thinking and action can be nurtured on a local and national basis.

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Miriam Smith Business Development Manager
0131 474 0000
07872 128 688