Research and Enterprise Office

Welcome to the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Essex. We focus on three main areas: for the University’s research community we provide assistance with research grant applications from the initial idea through to managing the award once it is made. We help to foster mutually beneficial relationships with companies and other external organisations wanting to tap into the University’s expertise. The office also helps promote entrepreneurship and innovation among the University’s students and staff.

Please contact us to find out what we can do for you.  Business Enquiries please contact Linette Akuffo T: 01206872925.

We help companies and external organisations to tap into university expertise. This might involve consultancy, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, research collaboration, exploiting intellectual property or support for new and small businesses.

The REO assists our researchers throughout the life cycle of research grants. We help with initial ideas, funding, research governance issues, ethics advice, grant applications and administering grants once awarded. We also co-ordinate research planning.

We encourage students to explore business ideas, develop their entrepreneurial talents, and make the most of their intellectual property. Our services range from dedicated ‘innovation’ spaces and online advice to specially tailored programmes and events.

Latest News

Getting smart with big data - £5m centre announced
Our place at the forefront of the UK's Big Data Network was confirmed with the announcement by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts that we are to be home to a new Data Research Centre for Smart Analytics.  Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for five years, the £5 million Centre will be led by Essex, working in partnership with the Universities of East Anglia and Kent, who together form the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (ARC). 

New KTP awarded with Colne Housing Society awarded to look at impact of welfare reforms in Essex
The impact of far-reaching welfare reforms and the knock-on effect for Essex-based social housing providers is the focus of a new partnership involving the University.  The University has joined forces with Colne Housing Society and other Essex Housing Officers' Group members to gain a much wider, deeper and ongoing understanding of the impacts of social welfare reform so that future investments can be more effective and strategic.  >>Read more

Get ready for our 50th anniversary 'Homecoming Weekend'
Plans for our 'Homecoming Weekend' to launch Essex's 50th anniversary celebrations are taking shape.  It will be a celebration for staff and students, past and present, with departmental activities, lectures and demonstrations, arts and entertainment, and family-friendly fun.  Save the dates 12-14 September 2014 now.

Discovering Business in Southend (DBIS) Exhibition on 26th March 2014
The University of Essex in conjunction with Essex Chambers and Networking-on-Sea is hosting Discovering Business in Southend Exhibition on 26 March 2014 in the Gateway Building.  The event is from 10am-6pm for full programme details including the additional Essex Chambers networking event please   >>Read more

Maths experts put their minds to improving the complex workings of the UK's busiest port
Mathematicians from the University of Essex have joined forces with the Port of Felixstowe to develop new ways of improving the complex process of handling millions of containers every year.  Via an innovative two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership, maths experts are working with the Port to develop new improved solutions to some of the very complex planning and scheduling problems faced with handling goods worth an estimated £60 billion every year.   >>Read more

Cost effective access to new research talent
Businesses and organisations now have the chance to access the freshest thinking for their projects, from research students at the University of Essex .  The new service can provide support for a whole range of projects, which can stem from 1-12 weeks and researchers can work up to 18 hours a week on a particular scheme. All the researchers registered for the service already have degrees, whilst many have significant experience in their fields and may be working on cutting-edge research.  For more information Email or T: 01206 872925.

Essex academics awarded emergency funding for Syria research
A free Political scientists from Essex are among the first to receive urgent funds to carry out immediate research about public reactions to the military and humanitarian situation in Syria.  >>Details