42,000 research projects available to business and the public - Gateway launched

5 December 2013

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today launched Gateway to Research - external link - a new web-based portal that gives businesses access to the latest research supported across all the UK's seven research councils and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in a single website.

Gateway to Research aims to provide a mechanism for businesses and others to source new research developments that might just lead to the commercial opportunity they are looking for - an idea for a new product, a solution to a current business problem, understanding markets, society engagement, international collaborations and more. Importantly it will enable businesses to identify potential partners in universities so they can develop and commercialise knowledge and maximise the value and impact generated from publicly funded research.

Gateway to Research contains information such as who, what and where the research councils and TSB fund, as well as details about technologies, processes, outputs, and impact, enabling access to more than 42,000 research projects from over 33,000 researchers.

Minister for intellectual property, Lord Younger, who launched the website at the House of Commons, said:

"Publicly funded research should be freely available. We must build on the opportunities for businesses to connect with this research and collaborate with universities. The Gateway to Research will enable better information-sharing, and in turn lead to a greater take up of knowledge and commercialisation".

Professor David Delpy, RCUK impact champion, said:

"The research councils are committed to delivering excellent research with impact and we are very proud to have created this new portal that paves the way for even greater connectivity between the research we support and business thus reaping greater benefits to deliver both economic growth and improving the wellbeing of our society."

Dr Phil Heads, NERC's associate director of impact evidence & strategy, said:

"Businesses depend on the environment for essential raw materials, secure supply chains and safe operations. Gateway to Research will help them find the environmental research knowledge they need to innovate, reduce costs and build resilience to environmental hazards. Together we deliver innovation and growth with responsible environmental management."

Further information

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