Siemens includes UK universities in top tier research partnerships
Posted to News on 13th Jul 2022, 14:00

Siemens includes UK universities in top tier research partnerships

Siemens includes UK universities in top tier research partnerships

Siemens has evolved its strategic engagement program with universities to include, for the first time, seven universities from the UK in the top tier of innovation partners for their new global Research and Innovation Ecosystems (RIE).

Made up of 16 regions around the world, two of which are in the UK, each ecosystem includes universities, Siemens companies, research institutes, catapult centres, innovation start-ups, creative individuals, business partners and customers, all collaborating to create, scale, and deliver ground breaking technologies and services to market in the shortest possible time and with maximum impact.

Over the past 10 years, Siemens has developed a local network of external partners in its research and currently runs over 130 projects a year with UK universities. The involvement in the Siemens RIE gives the selected universities priority access and maximum support in identifying, winning and executing local and global projects with Siemens, its customers, governments, institutions and other research commissioning and funding bodies.

Selected from 200 global universities considered because they share Siemens’ core interests in digital industries, smart infrastructure, e-mobility and core technologies, the seven UK universities’ research remit is very broad: decarbonisation with University of Birmingham; routes to net zero with Newcastle University; cybersecurity and data analysis with University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and University of Manchester, to the future of manufacturing with University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield.

These universities now get priority access to the Siemens Open Innovation Platform, with identified real world challenges; access to Siemens industrial researchers and business leaders; tech mentoring and business contacts to support academic start-ups; collaboration with customers and business partners to establish new relationships; groups created to jointly leverage funding opportunities; the possibility of international partnership building within and across the Siemens RIEs; and customised access to Siemens’ software and products for academic research and education.

To facilitate the close collaboration between the universities and their RIEs, Siemens embed staff permanently at the universities and encourage the flow of interns and recruitment into their businesses.

Professor Paul Beasley, head of R&D for the UK at Siemens explains: “Alongside traditional contract research, we work closely with our stakeholders around the world on innovation projects, in publicly funded research consortia and to explore multiple other individual collaboration formats. We have world-class partnerships across a number of UK universities which, with the support by UKRI, collaborate on a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects producing innovative solutions, technologies and skills for the future. 

“These projects will provide new insights and innovative solutions with wide ranging benefits for everyone. We strongly believe that innovation is best delivered by networks and collaboration is the key to success. We have now moved to make collaboration closer and with a wider group of interested parties.”

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