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Having sponsored several projects and PhD studentships from microwave metamaterials to nutrition science, I am continually impressed by the depth and breadth of scientific capability, talent and can-do attitude. The Metamaterials CDT and TEAM-A partnership has enabled access to a broad range of world class facilities, link scientific excellence to technical delivery, and has created a large external network that is particularly relevant to industrial R&D partners. 

John Bows, R&D Director, PepsiCo

Work with the centre

Industry, governmental, and other external funding institutions

Our long-standing experience in working with industrial partners in ICT, energy, healthcare, and defence & security sectors enables us to provide fit-for-purpose collaborations, adjusted to the needs of a variety of businesses, from SMEs to large companies.

Typically, we offer

  • academic input for new ideas to tackle next generation innovation by way of a consultancy arrangement;
  • short term-contract research to explore the feasibility of these new ideas;
  • collaboration through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs);
  • PhD studentships for 4 year projects and workforce development support.

We collaborate with a variety of different industry partners to develop projects that are costed appropriately with regards to their Technology Readiness Level (TRL). We can work with you to determine the appropriate structure for your project that benefits both the company and the University, whilst recognising the importance of State Aid¹. 

Please get in touch with us via to discuss how we can help you to drive forward your research targets, upskill your current employees and give you exposure to the next generation of scientists.

See also our selection of project ideas that are currently in our pipeline.


¹UK Universities are subject to State Aid regulations for any project they undertake which has an element of direct or indirect public funding. We work effectively with our legal and business engagement teams to accommodate these legal requirements in a professional manner.


Are you working in metamaterials or a related area and wondering whether joint supervision of a PhD project or collaboration for a grant application could be beneficial for research progress?

Are you interested in PhD student exchange to provide the next generation with insights in other HE institutions and support their training?

Would you like to give a guest lecture at the University of Exeter or host one of our academics to provide a guest lecture at your institution?

If you'd like to establish or strengthen a collaboration, please get in touch via

See also our selection of project ideas that are currently in our pipeline.


We engage pro-actively with the wider public through outreach and public engagement activities at schools and science fairs, and by using digital media to make higher education more accessible.

If you are interested in our support, please contact us via